Clinical Pharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple

(38 customer reviews)

A concise overview of the most important principles in clinical pharmacology, with drug comparisons in clear chart format. The book blends the essentials of basic pharmacology and clinical pharmacology so that transition from classroom to clinic is less abrupt. The text that surrounds the tables emphasize key issues pertaining to therapeutic rationale, basic pharmacologic principles and clinical use of drugs. Topics include Principles of Pharmacology (Pharmacokinetics, drug actions at multiple levels, drug interactions, tolerance, dependence and withdrawal), Peripheral Nervous System, Central Nervous System, Cardiovascular and Hematology Drugs, Respiratory Drugs, GI Drugs, Anti-Infective Agents, Anticancer drugs, Anti-Inflammatory and Immunomodulating Agents, and Endocrine System Drugs.

Excellent USMLE Board review.


Book Details






Edition 5 (September 1, 2019)



About The Author

James Olson

Associate in Clinical Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington; Instructor in Pediatrics, Univ of Washington/Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.


Chapter 1. Principles of Pharmacology
Chapter 2. Peripheral Nervous System
Chapter 3. Central Nervous System
Chapter 4. Cardiovascular Drugs
Chapter 5. Respiratory Drugs
Chapter 6. Gastrointestinal Agents
Chapter 7. Anti-infective Agents
Chapter 8. Anticancer Drugs
Chapter 9. Anti-inflammatory and Immunomodulating Agents
Chapter 10. Endocrine System

38 reviews for Clinical Pharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple

  1. Jean F. – Very useful

    I find this book really helpful. I know some have complained that it’s just a bunch of charts. Yes, there are a lot of charts but they’re grouped in a way that flows and makes memorizing them much easier. The information on the charts proves to be no more or less than you should need to know about the drugs. Also there are some helpful drawings to jog your memory about different pathologies which is nice. The book assumes you’ve got a strong grasp on patho, which I appreciate. I’m not reading this book to understand what CHF is, there are other resources for that. This book gets to and sticks with the drugs.
    This book was a gift from a friend who’s a nurse before I started my nursing program. She said she still uses hers regularly in her NP program. I find this book to be 100 times more useful than my lectures, textbook or all the add-ons that came with the text. A great $20 investment.

  2. ome – Perfect for Step 1 prep

    t’s hard to strike a good balance when it comes to learning details for the Step 1 USMLE exam, but this book does it well. I prepared for Step 1 with Lippincott’s and this book, but this book was the one that (a) covered the information that was on Step 1, (b) covered the information in a visual way that helped me remember it all, and–perhaps most importantly–(c) did not cover information that was not on Step 1. If I had it all to do again, I wouldn’t bother with Lippincott’s or any other pharma text–just this one with First Aid is all the pharma I needed.

  3. K. Gks – Perfect for any Phamacology test!

    I used this book for review for my senior year pharmacology class as well as my Part II National Boards for Dentistry. It is amazingly wonderful! The book is filled with charts listing simliar drugs, side effects, modes of actions, etc. It doesn’t get lost in the details that you don’t really need to know for your tests, but gives you all the important things that a professor or a national board may ask.
    A definite must have study tool for any pharmacology test!

  4. Jack – A very good resource

    I really enjoyed using this book during my pharmacology class in medical school. Some of the mnemonics and aids in remembering drugs were very memorable and creative. I highly recommend the “Made Ridiculously Simple” books as an aid for studying, although they are not adequate as the only resource. Also consider trying Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple.

  5. Joey L. – Great for Health Care Students!

    This book is great. I’m a PA student and sometimes pharmacology can be… Well, not my strong suit. This really breaks things down into simpler elements and explains things in a memorable way. The pathophysiology book is a great companion, as are most of the other books in this series. Best of all, after the class is over, you’ll be able to refer back to this book for a quick refresher because, let’s be real, who remembers everything?!

  6. Cody – Love it.

    This book takes the massive bible pharmacology books and breaks it down into comprehensible, easily understanding, simply flowing information. I would recommend it to anyone.

  7. Shelley E LuePhang – Great if you love charts

    This is a great review book for Pharmacology. I wish I would have had it at the beginning of PA school, but it’s not too late to take advantage of it during clinical rotations.

  8. Ryan Nix – Great Reference Material!!

    Absolutely amazing book that groups the most commonly used medicines together the help understand their uses!! Should be a part of every healthcare provider’s library!!

  9. gc123 – Such a help!!

    This book is such a help for anyone that is studying pharmacology. It makes remembering the classifications of drugs so much easier and gives so many handy hints. A must have for anyone that is stuggling a little with pharm.

  10. MMatanguihan – One book you should not fail to buy!!!

    Very concise and presented in a way that students will understand! Things that are must know were the ones emphasized. Added caricatures were bonus to help students remember. Thanks for creating this book.

  11. Brittney Sharrow – Very helpful

    When ever I had any questions I always refer to this book. This book is very helpful. It makes Pharmacology easy to understand. I recommend this to anyone who is having trouble with Pharmacology.

  12. Teresa Armstrong – Succinct

    It’s a broad overview, but it saved me the time I spent trying to organize the information into charts. The book explained nearly all the meds we went over so far in Pharm II out of 4 Pharmacology classes I will take in my professional school. I even recommended it to my sister to familiarize herself with over the summer before she starts Pharm school. She needs a break before starting school and I feel it wouldn’t take much time to go through this book.

  13. DeltaGee – Great Pharm book

    Studying from this book brought my grade up SIGNIFICANTLY. I really wish I’d know about it before the first exam!!

  14. Michael Hally – A must have book- for any health professional!

    This text encompasses the science of pharmacology and all that it involves with a quick, concise explanation of principles that anyone can understand, but advanced enough to touch on aspects that go beyond just the basics… A pleasure to read and one for daily use in the field. A really good purchase through and through!!

  15. Alison Hess – Perfect for grasping the “Big Picture”

    I am a PA student and my brain does not always grasp pharmacology but this made everything more organized and understandable. Definitely for more “big picture” learning because certain details for class were not included but it was perfect to use in conjunction with my other (to complex for my brain) pharmacology book

  16. KD – great reference book

    This book simplifies difficult subject matter for my daughter in nursing school. I have bought at least one for every subject she has taken.

  17. Annabella Patty – Very interesting and informative

    Its broken down into sections that make it easy to keep up with, which is very helpful in a detailed and complicated subject like pharmacology.

  18. HC – Great book

    Love this book. It lays out pharmacology in the way my professors did in medical school. Great way to refresh yourself on basic pharmacology.

  19. ziels12 – Great simple book for the pharmacy student and beyond!

    I think this is a great little book…it’s very concise and easy to learn from with it’s funny, memorable pictures. I recommend it to other pharmacy students and the like =)

  20. Raquel Perez – Good to read

    this book has made me understand more of what I already knew, a great learning book and great tool to have.

  21. NFTS – Love it

    Absolutely a must have for anyone to need something explained to them in a very simple manner. I am a nurse practitioner student and this book has helped me tremendously

  22. Bryn – Great pharm reference

    Nice reference to refer back to when I need to get the big picture about drugs we are learning about. Simple, easy to understand.

  23. Marion – good book

    This is a really good book. Everything is explained and sectioned off, which will help not get anything mixed up.

  24. Sunshine – Excellent Book!!!

    This book made pharmacology very easy to understand. Instead of mindlessly Rx a medication, it gives you a good back ground of the mechanism of action. I truly love this book!

  25. Elise – Student Nurse Practitioner

    Find this easy reading, after reading text books all day long. Recommend as companion for re-enforcement of medication knowledge base.

  26. M.T. – I love this book.

    So precise and to the point. I love this book.

  27. M. Sanchez – explained easy and fluid

    Complicated pharmacology material, explained easy and fluid. Great book. Highly recommend

  28. Tatiana Bradley – Five stars

    by far one of the best pharm books I have bought!

  29. Claudia – Simple

    Love this series of books. All the authors do a great job of breaking the material down and making it very simple to learn.

  30. Paula Halicki – Just what it says, “”ridiculously simple. ” It …

    Just what it says, “ridiculously simple.” It organizes a lot of pharmaceutical information and data into formats for easier classification and memorization. It is a lifesaver when it comes to exams!

  31. K. Brakl – Good addition to nurses library

    This book helped me prepare for a new nursing position. I now use it frequently for reference.

  32. vector – Great book for non-pharm. experts!

    SImplifies many very challenging concepts to understand. This book is able to really give you the info in an understandable way.

  33. Jamie – Pharmacology Made a Little Simpler

    This book was for my wife in her Masters of Nursing Pharmacology class. It takes some often difficult concepts to understand and presents them in a way that actually makes sense, so she says.

  34. Sharron – Pretty good

    Pretty good book. Gives am overview of each system. I’m in the nurse practitioner program and this book is extremely helpful. This book is also an easy read.

  35. Sylvester C. Sviokla MD – It did the job

    I’ve been out of Medical School a long time. This pointed out what topics I needed to pursue in more detail in order to bring myself up to speed.

  36. Hossam Mikhail – Excellent book

    This is excellent source to study clinical pharmacology . I totally recommend it. It is so easy to navigate and study.

  37. FelineFriendly – Somewhat easier, but not ridiculously so

    I don’t think pharmacology can be made ridiculously easy, but this book tries its hardest by using many grids, tables, and analogies. I liked the format of most of it; however, some of it was still not very easy to grasp. I used it conjunction to pharmacology youtube videos and that was more helpful to see it and hear it and read it.

  38. C James – “Ridiculously Simple” should be in quotes…

    “Ridiculously Simple” should be in quotes, with a stipulation that you have mastered Anatomy and Physiology and Chemistry. I’m now having to go back through my A&P books to refresh my memory on the nervous system and other systems to relearn the chemical processes involved in the body’s physiology. This book does go into a LOT of detail, on the M.D. level.

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