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Cardiac Glycosides (International Boehringer Mannheim Symposia)

ISBN: 9783540086925
Publisher: Springer
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 1978-04-01
Number of pages: 428
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In spite of old vintage and 200 years of clinical use, digitalis remains an interesting therapeutic agent, to clinicians as well as to the pharmacologist, the biochemist, and colleagues in other diciplines of theoretic medicine. When a drug, however, has so many attractive facets, it seems proper and aJvis­ able for the success of a scientific meeting to focus on a number of well-defined aspects. This symposium was devoted to pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, analytic procedures, blood level determinations, and their interpretation both for thera­ peutic and toxic situations. Considerable progress has been made during the last years in this area of digitalis research. The time was suitable for a critical reap­ praisal of facts and theories and for future planning. Our main intention was to relate analytic data and biochemical findings to clinical problems and questions. Despite the undoubtedly basic character of clinical pharmacology, it is neverthe­ less an applied science which should help to develop the rational basis of thera­ peutics. We are particularly grateful to the active participants who bore the burden of preparing presentations and - even worse - manuscripts. At the same time we are well-aware that many other active research groups would have been able to contribute in this way, but our program was limited because of the short time available. Their knowledge is included in the discussion parts of the meeting, so we hope a well-balanced description of the present state of affairs emerged in this volume.

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