Frequently asked questions



Contents


1. Introduction
1.1 What is Clinical Pharmacology?
1.2 How should I use Clinical Pharmacology to pass my finals?
1.3 Who is behind Clinical Pharmacology?

2. Terms and conditions

3. Sources
3.1 Where did the information come from?
3.2 Isn't this all plagiarised?
3.3 What qualifies you to write this?

4. System requirements

5. Troubleshooting
5.1 Why does the website not display properly?
5.2 Why are the notes inaccessible?

6. Other questions
6.1 Why not include some past questions?
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?

7. Past, present and future
7.1 Site history
7.2 Credits
7.3 Outlook
7.4 Error reporting


1. Introduction


1.1 What is Clinical Pharmacology?

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.

1.2 How should I use Clinical Pharmacology to pass my finals?

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.

1.3 Who is behind Clinical Pharmacology?

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 However, even in my time they were out of date, and probably a little unfinished.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!



2. Terms and conditions

Apologies for introducing legalese onto the site, but I have to cover my back in this day and age...

By using this site you agree to abide by the following terms and conditions. Please review these terms periodically, as they may change without advanced notice.

2.1 Definitions

'The author' refers to Dr Stephan Jaiser and any of his partners. 'Site' and 'website' refer to the information found under the www.jaiser.com domain.

2.2 License

You are invited to use this website for viewing, downloading or printing the contained information within the guidelines of these terms and conditions. However, you may not reproduce any portion of the text or graphics on this website without prior written consent.

2.3 Disclaimer

The site aims to offer reliable reference material to medical students.

Readers outside the medical profession are welcome to use the website as a resource, but should not interpret it as medical advice or use it as a substitute for medical advice or care. Specific medical concerns should always be addressed with an appropriately qualified and licensed doctor or other health care provider.

While every care is taken that the information presented is accurate, typographical errors and inaccuracies may occur. Please also bear in mind that medical practice is changing constantly, and information may be rapidly outdated. The user of this website assumes complete responsibility for the use of the information presented. This site is intended solely for educational and informational purposes. Use of this website in clinical practice is strongly discouraged.

The information provided on this website is provided as a service and is without guarantee. You assume the risk of any malicious code from this site, including viruses, trojans and worms.

2.4 Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the author against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable legal fees, resulting from any violation of this agreement.

2.5 Waiver, release and limitation of liability

You release the author from any liability relating to your use of this website. You waive any claims for sustained losses or damages from the author.

2.6 Third party rights

The author may use the provisions of paragraph 2.4 and 2.5 on his behalf.

2.7 Severability

Each provision in this agreement stands independently; they are separable. In the event that any provision herein is found invalid, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions.

2.8 Links

The site or third parties may provide links to other websites or resources. As the author has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge that the author is not responsible for the availability or content of such sites and resources. The author shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content available on or through any such site or resource.

2.9 Site search

The conditions in paragraph 2.8 also apply to the site search facility, which is supplied by an external provider and therefore beyond the control of the author.

2.10 Proprietary rights

Whilst the information contained in this site is not original, its compilation into a specific site does constitute original work which attracts copyright status. The site is copyrighted by the author. All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, mirroring, modifying, leasing, renting, loaning and selling of the whole site, parts of the site or derivatives of the site are strictly prohibited.



3. Sources


3.1 Where did the information come from?



3.2 Isn't this all plagiarised?

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.

3.3 What qualifies you to write this?

Nothing! It's just something that I found quite a fun and useful thing to do.



4. System requirements

Any reasonably modern web browser (Mozilla Firefox 1.0+ is best; Internet Explorer 5.0+ works but has some compatibility issues). JavaScript is no longer required for the menu but is still helpful for traffic analysis.

   Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional    Valid CSS

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!

   Get Acrobat Reader    RepliGo viewer



5. Troubleshooting


5.1 Why does the website not display properly?

Please make sure your machine meets the system requirements. If you're still stuck, please let me know.

5.2 Why are the notes inaccessible?

A few points to consider:




6. Other questions


6.1 Why not include some past questions?

Hehe... several points in reply:


6.2 Some parts seems so obscure - do we really need to know this?

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.

6.3 How many pages of notes are there in total?

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.

6.4 How long did it take you to write the notes/site?

A very, very long time! So please make use of them to make it worthwhile.



7. Past, present and future


7.1 Site history


Date Version Changes
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.

7.2 Credits

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:


7.3 Outlook

If I find the time, there may be:

Can you think of anything else you'd really like? Give me a shout!

7.4 Error reporting

Found a bug/factual mistake? Please let me know.