The physicochemical basis of pharmaceuticals
Humphrey Moynihan and Abina Crean
Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press 2009 | 320 pp | £28.99 (SB)
Reviewed by Jonathan Hadgraft
Many of the basic concepts used in pharmaceutical chemistry are not properly defined and very often incorrectly applied within the text - for example pH, chemical potential, partition, diffusion and permeability coefficient.
The section on kinetics is very brief and does not even include any cursory discussion of pharmacokinetics.
All in all there is too much reliance on the use of other textbooks as references to the various chapters.
There are more comprehensive basic texts for pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students on the bookshelves than this one, which is misleading, erroneous and simply not worth the money.
Other related books
A T Florence, Physicochemical principles of pharmacy (4th edition 2005, Pharmaceutical Press) (ISBN 9780853696087)
A T Florence, FASTtrack: physical pharmacy (2007, Pharmaceutical Press) (ISBN 9780853697251)
D Cairns, Essentials of pharmaceutical chemistry (3rd edition 2008, Pharmaceutical Press) (ISBN 9780853697459)