This has been the first Indian book in the subject of pharmacology written jointly by a medical doctor (H. R. Derasari) and a teacher of the premier pharmacy institute L. M. College of Pharmacy (Dr. T. P. Gandhi) in 1974. Although the text was prima facie meant for Diploma in Pharmacy students, it has been observed over the past few decades that degree students of Pharmacy and even medical students also use it as a reference book. Attempts are made every time in new edition to provide the material covering the latest innovations in Pharmacology keeping the language lucid and the contents of subject comprehensive. There are several distinguished features unique to this book. First, there is a mention of some pioneering pharmacologists in the beginning of each section with their profiles and milestones of the reflecting history of pharmacology and more pharmacologists. Second, chemical structures and at places the structure-activity relationship has been given in may chapters. This is particularly essential because a student of pharmacy, studies medicinal chemistry as one of the subjects. Third, trade names of some popular products along with the name of the company have been given at the end of each chapter. Pharmacology is a fast developing science and recently many new concepts have emerged. Each chapter is revised every time keeping in view the new developments. Extensive but precise information has been added on ACE inhibitors, 5-HT receptor modulators, calcium channel blockers, imidazole receptor agonists, insulin sensitizers, H. pylori infection etc. New chapters like `Gene therapy', Drug acting on vascular endothelium, monoclonal antibodies and molecular pharmacology as related to receptors was added in this edition. ACCORDING TO "All India Council for Technical Education" TWENTY FIFTH EDITION.
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