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This text will undoubtedly be useful for stabilising the rogue leg of that annoyingly wobbly 1960s coffee table in the “lounge” of your shared student house. It could also be profitably employed to wedge the toilet door shut now that the locking bolt has fallen off, or even find use as an aid to sleep when you find yourself suffering insomnia. Its more prosaic use, however, but yet the use for which it was lovingly crafted by its authors, is as a revision aid for Pharmacy students who are preparing for examinations involving organic chemistry, elementary medicinal chemistry, and biochemistry.
The book should be seen neither as a substitute for lecture notes, nor as a cheap alternative to the more comprehensive textbooks. Rather, it should be viewed as a valuable adjunct to your own lecture notes, and as a resource for you to gauge your progress in learning as you swot up on the chemistry of drugs.
A detailed knowledge and understanding of the chemistry of drugs is fundamental to the discipline of Pharmacy. Such knowledge and understanding allows the practising Pharmacist to appreciate the methods by which drugs are synthesised, the ways in which they are analysed and tested prior to licensing and marketing, and the ways in which they are quality assured in manufacture. It is the chemistry of the molecules that is responsible for their pharmacological activity; it is their chemistry that determines the ways in which they are formulated as medicines;
and it is their chemistry that determines their stability on the shelf in the home, and their stability and fate within the human body.
When you do delve inside this book, you might first like to revise one of the topics (using your own notes) and then test yourself on that topic by attempting the self-assessment multiple choice questions given at the end of the relevant chapter.
That way, you’ll get some idea as to the quality of your notes and/or revision of that topic. You can then read and digest the material presented in that chapter, hopefully improving your knowledge and understanding of the subject as you do so.
David Barlow David Mountford