Deja Review Pharmacology, 2nd Edition



The Deja Review series is a unique resource that has been designed to allow you to review the essential facts and determine your level of knowledge on the subjects tested on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The format of this book is highly beneficial to aid one’s understanding of the subject of pharmacology for several reasons. The breadth of the subject material could quickly become overwhelming without some sort of organizational framework, provided concisely and coherently in this book. The question/answer format allows for quick reviews of familiar concepts, and moreover is conducive to repetition, which, above all else, will be necessary to master this subject. The new, expanded clinical vignettes section now follow each chapter in this edition to allow you to test that you are able to integrate the knowledge you have obtained and ensure your grasp on the material extends beyond rote memorization. A great effort has been made in this edition to expand emphasis on clinical application and to make necessary updates to this ever evolving realm of medicine.



All concepts are presented in a question and answer format that covers key facts on commonly tested topics in medical pharmacology. The first chapter introduces the basic principles of the subject. Then the chapters move through defined subtopics within pharmacology. A series of vignettes follows most chapters. These vignettes are meant to be representative of the types of questions tested on national licensing exams to help you further evaluate your understanding of the material presented in the chapter. The compact, condensed design of the book is conducive to studying on the go, especially during any downtime throughout your day.

This question and answer format has several important advantages:


  • It provides a rapid, straightforward way for you to assess your strengths and weaknesses.
  • It allows you to efficiently review and commit to memory a large body of information.
  • It serves as a quick, last-minute review of high-yield facts.


At the end of each chapter, you will find clinical vignettes that expose you to the pro-totypic presentation of diseases classically tested on the USMLE Step 1. These board-style questions put the basic science into a clinical context, allowing you apply the facts you have just reviewed in a clinical scenario.



Remember, this text is not intended to replace comprehensive textbooks, course packs, or lectures. It is simply intended to serve as a supplement to your studies during your medical pharmacology course and Step 1 preparation. This text was contributed to by a number of medical students to represent the core topics tested on course examinations and Step 1. You may use the book to quiz yourself or classmates on topics covered in recent lectures and clinical case discussions. A bookmark is included so that you can easily cover up the answers as you work through each chapter.

However you choose to study, I hope you find this resource helpful throughout your preparation for course examinations, the USMLE Step 1, and other national licensing exams.