Author: Robert E. Smith

Medicinal Chemistry - Fusion of Traditional and Western Medicine, First Edition

eBook: US $89 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $298
Printed Copy: US $254
Library License: US $356
ISBN: 978-1-60805-154-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-149-6 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2013
DOI: 10.2174/97816080514961130101

Introduction

Medicinal Chemistry - Fusion of Traditional and Western Medicine is a textbook intended for students taking courses in the various fields of medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, medical and dental programs. Moreover, people working in the pharmaceutical industry and doctors preparing for Medical Board Exams will also find it useful. Since, new drugs are being developed by multi-disciplinary teams; this E-Book describes new paradigms that are emerging in modern biology, biochemistry and medicine. It is therefore a fusion of traditional and western medicine and between systems thinking and reductionist thinking. Readers will learn about how new drugs are investigated, developed and eventually approved by the FDA. The book also includes important information about cGMP, GLP and the FDA regulatory requirements, the importance of environmental toxins, such as bisphenol A (BPA) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOAA) in autoimmune diseases and health. This book offers exceptional value in its descriptions of RNA, epigenetics, toxicology, new drug development, genetically modified organisms and analytical chemistry that cannot be found in other textbooks.

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Foreword

As a practicing physician, I found this eBook to be very interesting and useful. Much of it describes concepts and metabolic processes for which there was limited knowledge or were completely unknown when I was a medical student. The information presented provides undergraduate, medical and pharmacy students with useful information about the indications for and applications of modern medicinal chemistry. It will also help currently licensed physicians prepare for Board certification and recertification. Many of the old questions may have new answers. For example, 30 years ago, it was believed that genetic information could flow only from DNA to RNA to proteins, or that patients could not develop an autoimmune disease. Thirty years ago the correct answers would have been yes – now they are no! I also found the eBook to be very helpful in describing medicines that I currently prescribe to patients and new drugs that are being developed. A patient may frequently ask, “Why aren’t doctors doing more to find cures for common diseases”. The information in this eBook provides useful answers. I am also frequently asked questions about nutrition, dietary supplements and environmental toxins. The information about these subjects was written in clear, simple language that most people can understand. For example, I am frequently asked if it is beneficial to take the popular supplement, açaí, to help lose weight. Not being from Brazil, I didn’t know anything about it. This eBook talks about how açaí contains 50% fat, as triglycerides. It is an excellent source of calories and antioxidants for undernourished natives and highly comptetive athletes who need more calories. Consumption of açaí will actually make you gain weight. Other important and useful information regards the environmental toxin and endocrine disruptor, bisphenol A, or BPA. The popular literature and mass media debate whether microgram quantities of BPA in plastic products are harmful, but they ignore the milligram quantities of BPA that are found in most receipts that you get from ATM machines and cash registers. It is especially important to not let infants put such paper in their mouths as they explore the world orally or make spit wads in school as adolescents. It could harm their reproductive development. So, the eBook is very readable and has a multi-disciplinary approach. It teaches the kind of things that I would like to see medical and pharmacy students learn and could even be useful to laypeople.

Mark D. Pilley
P.O. Box 241723 Omaha
NE 68124-3135
USA


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