Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

O'Sullivan TA and Albrecht LS.: Understanding Pharmacy Calculations, 2nd Edition

Academic journal article American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education

O'Sullivan TA and Albrecht LS.: Understanding Pharmacy Calculations, 2nd Edition

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O'Sullivan TA and Albrecht LS. Understanding Pharmacy Calculations, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: American Pharmacists Association; 2011, 277pp, $44.95 (paperback), ISBN 9781582120959.

Now in its second edition, Understanding Pharmacy Calculations attempts to provide a more simplistic approach to the calculations pharmacists use in daily practice. The authors suggest the book can be used as a self-study, having written it in such a way as to make the material more understandable and approachable to the pharmacy student. The first chapter, entitled "Things You'll Use Everyday," is an example of the author's use of casual phrasing and terminology aimed at communicating a more practical approach to students in this workbook-style text.

The content appears to be well presented. Although divided into only 5 chapters, each chapter contains multiple topics and devotes less time to basic math concepts that the student should already understand. All of the critical concepts related to pharmacy calculations are presented: conversions, measurement, prescription reading, expressions of drug concentration, dilution, isotonicity, osmolarity, patient-specific dosing, and parenteral nutrition. The difference is noted in the emphasis on topics. The authors devoted 1 of the only 5 chapters in the text exclusively to parenteral nutrition. Numerous total parenteral nutrition practice worksheets are included, which are practical tools for students and educators alike in effectively understanding this topic.

The book also employs a good use of practice problems appropriately placed at the conclusion of each chapter. …

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