Sunday, December 6, 2009

Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics or Memory of a Large Christmas

Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Author: H Richard Adams

Primarily intended for veterinary medical students, Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 8th edition provides a comprehensive resource for students learning basic and applied principles of veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics.
Including expanded coverage of pharmacology and considerable revision of existing materials, the eighth edition is THE DESKTOP REFERENCE for veterinary practitioners to review details about drugs, drug mechanisms, and their clinical applications. Because of the ever-growing breadth and complexity of drug usage in animals, this text has considerable new information on basic pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, as well as their clinical applications.

Ted Whittem

This new edition conforms to a traditional layout by organ systems. The contents encompass a thorough overview of the discipline of veterinary pharmacology. This seventh edition is a needed replacement for the aging 1988 sixth edition. The authors have attempted to provide a substantially new text and reference suitable for professional veterinary students, residents, graduate students, and practitioners. It has proven difficult to satisfy ideally the disparate requirements of these worthy aims. The editor's intention to provide a desk top reference has been achieved with excellence; the book is an excellent resource for graduate student and resident training and for review and revision by students and practitioners. Professional veterinary students may be overwhelmed by the quantity of material presented in each chapter. As a textbook, therefore, this tome will be most useful with the support and detailed direction of skilled teachers. The detail presented in this work is primarily a reflection of the interest, exemplary qualifications, and enthusiasm for the discipline of the authors, all of whom are respected in their areas of expertise. The text content is generally well edited, allowing readability to vary little between authors and thereby ensuring continuity of style throughout. In contrast, there is no uniformity between figures and illustrations, these apparently being the individual author's unedited originals. These illustrations are less than ideal in number and quality for a student textbook, detracting from the teaching usefulness of an otherwise excellent book. This seventh edition returns this title to the pinnacle of veterinary pharmacology reference books. Itought to be a standard reference for all library shelves; it ought to be seriously considered as a necessary purchase by all graduate students in veterinary medicine and related fields.

Doody Review Services

Reviewer: Kent Davis, DVM, B.S. (University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital)
Description: This is the 8th edition of a pharmacology and therapeutics book that has been a gold standard in veterinary medicine for many years. The previous edition was published in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive resource for students to learn basic and applied principles of veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics. These are very worthy objectives, which the authors have met once again. This text has been updated since 1954 and has stood the test of time.
Audience: This book is written for professional veterinary students, but it is also useful for graduate students and graduate veterinarians. The authors are credible and authoritative in their fields.
Features: Principles, drugs, and nutritional pharmacology are thoroughly covered. Specialty areas of pharmacology are especially useful. The oncology section is up to date and understandable.
Assessment: With this edition, the editor has ensured the book will continue to keep its status as the gold standard. This is a must for any student or graduate veterinarian's library.


This is the new edition of a textbook for veterinary students that aims to be a comprehensive resource for basic and applied principles of pharmacology. Fifty-eight chapters are organized into sections discussing principles of pharmacology, drugs acting on the autonomic and somatic nervous systems, drugs acting on the central nervous system, autacoids and anti-inflammatory drugs, drugs acting on the cardiovascular system, drugs affecting renal function and fluid- electrolyte balance, drugs acting on blood and blood elements, endocrine pharmacology, nutritional pharmacology, chemotherapy of microbial diseases, chemotherapy of parasitic diseases, specialty areas of pharmacology, and regulatory considerations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


4 Stars! from Doody

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Memory of a Large Christmas

Author: Lillian Eugenia Smith

As a young child in the early 1900s, writer and civil rights crusader Lillian Smith lived an idyllic, small-town life. Of the many customs by which her and her eight brothers' and sisters's days were ordered, none are so fondly remembered by Smith as those of the Christmas season. With a lighthearted touch, she recalls such times as when the family hosted forty-eight chain-gang convicts, along with their guards, to a holiday feast and the time her older brothers almost bought an elegant coffin for their parents's gift. Of far greater meaning to Smith, however, are the remembered rituals, the year-after-year sights, sounds, smells, and tastes: first the hog killings and the shaking of the pecan trees just around the time Big Granny, Little Granny, and a cousin or two began to arrive; then making gifts and hanging stockings; and finally the big day, filled with presents, shooting firecrackers, and too much homemade candy, six-layered coconut cake, and "sweet potato pone, fancied up."

Publishers Weekly

In Memory of a Large Christmas, writer and civil rights crusader Lillian Smith (1897-1966) remembered fondly the Christmases of her youth. They were certainly big: lots of people ate lots of food in a house with lots of room. It's all recalled here, from the preface of Thanksgiving through the hog-killing, gift-buying, theatricals-staging, stocking-hanging and finally, the main event. It's packaged in a small volume with illustrations and even a few recipes.

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