A comprehensive reference exploring the scientific basis and the practice of drug therapy. It covers both basic pharmacology and also pharmacology specific to various diseases. With an international list of contributors, it provides coverage of issues in both developed and developing countries. The book is divided into three sections: how to handle drugs in society and in individuals; tools - which drug groups are available and useful; and therapeutics - evidence based pharmacotherapeutic indications and drug regimens. Areas covered include drug safety and the balance between benefits and risks and the rational handling of drugs by doctors in order to maximize their usefulness and minimize drug induced morbidity in its broadest sense.