Frequently asked questions
1.2 How should I use Clinical Pharmacology to pass my finals?
1.3 Who is behind Clinical Pharmacology?
3.2 Isn't this all plagiarised?
3.3 What qualifies you to write this?
6.2 Some parts seems so obscure - do we really need to know this?
6.3 How many pages of notes are there in total?
6.4 How long did it take you to write the notes/site?
A set of notes aimed at final year medical students. Although tailored to the Cambridge clinical course, they should also be useful to students from other universities and to MRCP trainees.
Please note that only clinical aspects of pharmacology are covered, and familiarity with the basic science background is assumed. For example, you should already know the various classes of diuretics and their mechanisms of action, but a full discussion of their use in heart failure will be provided.
Not in isolation! Make sure you read these notes in conjunction with the syllabus, the lecture notes and your preferred books in general medicine. Just because it's not mentioned here does not mean it won't come up in finals! Having said this, you should find that all major topics are covered by this site, so you shouldn't have to grapple too much with additional pharmacology texts.
The site was conceived and designed by myself, Dr Stephan Jaiser.
When I took my finals, a set of notes written by an ex-student (Dr Rick Neal) saw me through the pharmacology part. Unlike any other source, they contained everything I needed to know in a concise yet readable format. However, even in my time they were out of date, and probably a little unfinished. Then his website went offline in 2004. It was time to revive the 'Pharmacology Project', a stalled initiative of two friends and myself to create a decent set of pharm notes. It wasn't exactly easy to do this solo, but at least it got me to read all that pharm again in the run-up to the MRCP. Here's the result - enjoy!
Apologies for introducing legalese onto the site, but I have to cover my back in this day and age...
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- Dr Rick Neal's set of notes formed the point of departure. The notes on this site used to follow his writing closely, but they have now been revised so often that there's little resemblance to the original.
- Official set of notes from www-clinpharm.medschl.cam.ac.uk
- Clinical Pharmacology; by Lawrence, Bennett and Brown
- Lecture Notes on Clinical Pharmacology; by Reid, Rubin and Whiting
- MRCP revision books and courses
- Talks and lectures I've been to over the years
The information on this site is, by its nature, not original. It represents an amalgamation of information from various sources that I have found useful (see above), but whose usefulness was diminished by being too fragmented, out of date, or not pitched at the right level. My aim was to synthesise the bits and pieces into a readable whole.
Nothing! It's just something that I found quite a fun and useful thing to do.
Acrobat Reader is required to open the notes files. RepliGo viewer is required if you want to take the notes with you on your PDA. MobiPocket is not supported as the conversion makes the notes unreadable - sorry!
A few points to consider:
- You need Acrobat Reader to open PDF files. If you're at Cambridge, it should be installed on all Clinical School machines. Otherwise you can download it free here.
- If you left-click on the file directly and Acrobat Reader complains the file is corrupted, try downloading the file manually. Right-click on the file's link and choose "Save target as...", then save the file to a location of your choice. When the download has finished, open the file locally where you have saved it.
- If you are amongst those who find themselves unable to download several of the files, I frankly don't know where the problem lies. I have tested the site on various connections without fail. If you struggle, I suggest getting hold of a copy of the notes from a friend.
Hehe... several points in reply:
- The notes are frequently structured as to answer past questions easily.
- The past papers are copyrighted, so providing you with my collated list of questions could cause me trouble.
- It would spoil the fun for you!
Probably - you're at Cambridge after all (grin!)... Seriously, some bits may be too detailed, given that I was doing MRCP revision when I wrote this.
Over 120 sides of A4 at the last count. But as the pages are not very densely filled, they ought to be a much lighter read than a book.
A very, very long time! So please make use of them to make it worthwhile.
|Sometime during finals||-||First idea|
|16/3/2003||-||First battle plan brewing on my hard drive. Two friends and I meet up to discuss the idea.|
|3/4/2003||-||Idea considered unfeasible - very limited spare time as PRHOs. 'Pharmacology Project' stalls before ever taking off.|
|30/8/2004||0.4 beta||First beta site, developed alone, goes live. Only my supervisees know, but I'm not sure they ever look at it!|
|18/9/2004||0.5||First full site goes live. Publicised by a friend on student mailing list.|
|8/10/2004||0.6||Update with bug and content corrections.|
|19/2/2005||1.0 beta||New prototype site has grown on my computer. Never released.|
|19/5/2005||1.5 beta||Yet another prototype site developed. Never released.|
|16/10/2005||2.0||Second full site goes live. Complete rewrite of web interface. Many cumulative additions to notes over last year.|
|12/5/2006||2.1||RepliGo support added.|
|29/7/2007||2.2 beta||Small technical improvements to website. Never released.|
|26/10/2008||2.3 beta||Many cumulative updates to the content and, to a lesser extent, the site. Never released.|
|4/1/2009||2.4||Some further updates, and finally get round to uploading the new version.|
All the sources for providing invaluable facts.
My friends Tim, Simon and Amir.
Lots of websites and forums, without whom I'd never have got this site working, including:
- Coding tutorials and advice from WebMonkey, HTML Dog, EarthWeb
- Stock graphics from Stock.Xchng
- Colour scheme from Color Schemer Online
- Site search from FreeFind
- Email spam protector from Jim Tucek
- Local webserver for testing from DWebPro
- And lots of others I can't remember!
- More topics covered
- Conversion to a Wiki, allowing readers to edit the content online
Can you think of anything else you'd really like? Give me a shout!
Found a bug/factual mistake? Please let me know.