Medical Sciences |
F605 | ALL | Watkins

Course Objectives:  Course objectives are to present the concepts
and principles by which drugs produce both therapeutic and toxic
actions; to provide an introduction to many of the drugs available
to the practicing physician; and to highlight the application of
pharmacologic principles to the treatment of disease. Students
should be able to understand drug action by integrating principles
of medical physiology and biochemistry with knowledge of how drugs
act on different body systems; to understand how pharmacokinetic
parameters may be used to advantage in therapy; to predict how
certain drugs based on mechanism of action can affect autonomic
nervous system function; to list drugs that affect inflammation; to
know the mechanism by which drugs can be used to treat angina,
arrhythmia, hypertension and asthma. Students should be able to
recognize the importance of selective cell toxicity and its
application to chemotherapy of bacterial, mycobacterial, fungal and
viral infections as well as neoplastic diseases. Students should be
able to describe the major psychotherapeutic agents used to treat
anxiety, insomnia, psychoses, and depression; to list drugs that
induce narcosis, analgesia and anesthesia; to describe hormone
function and drugs that affect the endocrine system as well as
agents used to treat derangements of normal function. Students will
demonstrate an understanding of the principles of toxicology; and to
define how various drugs, toxic metals, pesticides, airborne toxins
and household poisons alter normal clinical parameters.

Section: 15607-Medical Students Only
Section: 15608-Graduate Students only-Permission required