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This 10th edition of the pocket companion to Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach is designed to provide practitioners and students with critical information that can be easily used to guide drug therapy decision-making in the clinical setting. To ensure brevity and portability, the bulleted format provides the user with essential textual information, key tables and figures, and treatment algorithms. The authors make every effort to write as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Corresponding to the major sections in the main text, disorders are alphabetized within the following sections: Bone and Joint Disorders; Cardiovascular Disorders; Dermatologic Disorders; Endocrinologic Disorders; Gastrointestinal Disorders; Gynecologic and Obstetric Disorders; Hematologic Disorders; Infectious Diseases; Neurologic Disorders; Nutrition Support; Oncologic Disorders; Ophthalmic Disorders; Psychiatric Disorders; Renal Disorders; Respiratory Disorders; and Urologic Disorders. Drug-induced conditions associated with drug allergy, hematologic disorders, liver disease, pulmonary disease, and kidney disease appear in five tabular appendices. Tabular information on the management of pharmacotherapy in the elderly also appears as an appendix.

Each chapter is organized in a consistent format:

  • Disease state definition

  • Concise review of relevant pathophysiology

  • Clinical presentation

  • Diagnosis

  • Treatment

  • Evaluation of therapeutic outcomes

The treatment section may include goals of treatment, general approach to treatment, nonpharmacologic therapy, drug selection guidelines, dosing recommendations, adverse effects, pharmacokinetic considerations, and important drug-drug interactions. When more in-depth information is required, the reader is encouraged to refer to the primary text, Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach, 10th edition.

It is our sincere hope that students and practitioners find this book helpful as they continuously strive to deliver highest quality patient-centered care. We invite your comments on how we may improve subsequent editions of this work.


Barbara G. Wells

Joseph T. DiPiro

Terry L. Schwinghammer

Cecily V. DiPiro


Please provide your comments about this book, Wells et al., Pharmacotherapy Handbook, 10th edition, to its authors and publisher by writing to Please indicate the author and title of this handbook in the subject line of your e-mail.

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