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Layout of the book The book is composed entirely of tables and diagrams to facilitate comparison and clarify relationships among drugs, drug classes, and drug mechanisms.
Using Lange Smart Charts: Pharmacology in conjunction with your pharmacology course For optimal benefit, start using this book early in the year to follow along with the content of your pharmacology course. Lange Smart Charts: Pharmacology is designed to make the most of your studying time. Each chapter is introduced by an outline of the classes of drugs that are the focus of study. This is followed by Terms to Learn, which provides an understanding of drug classification, the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs, and relevant diseases. Diagrams of drug categories allow quick memorization and illustrations clarify difficult concepts. Tables make it easy to associate the drugs and drug categories with the relevant high-yield facts that appear most often on the boards and on pharmacology examinations, including pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of action and resistance, clinical uses, and side effects. Mnemonics and other learning aids in each chapter promote quick recall of details.
Using Lange Smart Charts: Pharmacology as a pharmacology review for the USMLE Step 1. Begin by reviewing each of the chapter outlines, the Terms to Learn, and the drug classification diagrams. Use the tables to fill in the details. Learn the mnemonics to improve your recall. Find your weaknesses by using a pharmacology question book and then review these topics in the relevant chapters. With this approach, you should be able to review pharmacology in a matter of days.

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