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General Concepts in Pharmacology 

General Concepts in Pharmacology
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General Concepts in Pharmacology
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Karel Riha

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199381623.003.0010
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date: 23 August 2019

Understanding the general concepts of pharmacology as well as its subsequent application fuels the practice of anesthesiology. Without thorough comprehension of the principles of pharmacology such as the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs, the anesthesiologist is extremely limited in the ability to provide quality and safe patient care. This chapter introduces the reader to characterizing drugs, drug administration, as well as drug side effects. Additionally, a review of the mathematics of pharmacology is included along with a brief discussion of physiologic factors that affect drug behavior. The fundamental concepts in pharmacology including metabolism, interactions, and overall systemic consequences of various drugs are reviewed here.

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