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Clinical Pharmacy in the United States: Transformation of a Profession

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Clinical Pharmacy in the United States: Transformation of a Profession is a comprehensive account of the evolution of clinical pharmacy and is an insightful must-read for anyone who cares about the profession of pharmacy.

Beginning with an overview of the profession’s evolution and proceeding through the decade-specific chapters that follow, Drs. Elenbaas and Worthen trace the clinical pharmacy movement from its beginning to the present day. The book’s unique organization provides important context beyond the profession of pharmacy by providing a concise overview of U.S. culture, politics, economics, technology, health, and other events, melded with the major clinical pharmacy–related events. A timeline that chronicles the key events flows across the bottom of the pages. Distributed throughout the book are reflective essays—personal accounts that provide an on the ground perspective and impart a “you are there” dimension.

Pharmacy students, residents, and fellows should all read this book . . . as should those who have lived through this rich history.

Table of Contents

List of Reflections
Authors’ Notes
Chapter 1: The Roots of Clinical Pharmacy: 1910–1959
Chapter 2: 1960–1969
Chapter 3: 1970–1979
Chapter 4: 1980–1989
Chapter 5: 1990–1999
Chapter 6: 2000–2009
Chapter 7: Transformation of a Profession: An Overview of the Twentieth Century
Chapter 8: Pharmacy’s Future: Transformation, Diffusion, and Imagination, William A. Zellmer About the Authors


Excerpts from reviews for Clinical Pharmacy in the United States:

Mary Lee, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP
The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, vol. 44, March 2010

This book chronicles the evolution of clinical pharmacy and its conversion from a focus on drug products to patient care. It could be used as a required text in a history of pharmacy course or an introduction to pharmacy course in a PharmD curriculum.

As a member of the baby-boomer generation who earned BS and PharmD degrees 10 and 15 years into the start of the dramatic advances of the clinical pharmacy movement, I found myself thinking repeatedly, “I didn’t know that,” as I read through the first 6 chapters of the history of the profession . . . made me appreciate just how far the profession and educational curricula have evolved.

There is a Ken Burns–like approach to the content in its completeness and big-picture view.

For the next generation of pharmacists, the book acknowledges many of the trailblazers and visionaries in the profession. Their role in the heritage of the profession should never be lost or forgotten and this text ensures that.

For those of us who are practicing in the profession and for the next generation of pharmacists, this historical perspective inspires us to take the necessary steps and to engage in professional struggles to ensure that clinical pharmacy is practiced at the highest level in all settings and by all pharmacists. This book is recommended for pharmacists, pharmacy students, and residents. For all colleges that have a history of providing pharmacy courses or a similar component to the curriculum, this is a must-read.

Bob Zebroski, Ph.D.
Journal of the History of Medicine, vol. 65, October 2010

. . . ambitious and thought-provoking. . . . While there are several reasons why this is an important book, the first person accounts make this book shine.

A good book should raise as many questions as it answers, especially when the historical outcome has yet to be decided as is the case here concerning clinical pharmacy. This book does just that.

. . . a commendable book that deserves wide readership not only in the profession, but among the constituencies that interact with pharmacists.

Rami B. Ibrahim, M.Sc., Pharm.D., BCPS, BCOP
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, vol. 67, September 15, 2010

The “clinical pharmacy” story told in this book is a remarkable one, and this work does it justice by virtue of the high-caliber of its authors, comprehensiveness, and effective transition.

If this book is not incorporated—even mandated—into the formal pharmacy training of interns, students, residents, and the postgraduate education of practicing pharmacists, a great opportunity to transform the profession through the transformation of the individuals, will be missed.
April 2, 2010

. . . a book that is well worth reading and allows one to appreciate all the years of effort that have gone into changing the practice but still leaves one with the question of how much longer will it take to become the standard. A great “read” for those that have been around and lived through much of what is discussed and a great “read” for younger pharmacists and pharmacy students so they can gain an appreciation of the long battle that has been fought and is still ongoing.

Laura M. Borgelt, Pharm.D.
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2010, 74(9) Article 177

Clinical Pharmacy in the United States: Transformation of a Profession . . . is an essential addition to libraries in colleges of pharmacy and will appeal to a variety of professionals including pharmacists, educators, and researchers. It may be an especially valuable gift for trainees who are exploring clinical pharmacy as a career path, or as a retirement gift for those leaving the profession with an appreciation for the transformations that have occurred.

Clinical Pharmacy in the United States was awarded a silver medal in the Association TRENDS’ 2009 All-Media Contest -- an annual competition recognizing the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the associations industry over the year.

Author(s): Robert M. Elenbaas, Pharm.D., FCCP; and Dennis B. Worthen, Ph.D.
ISBN: 978-1-932658-68-2
Publication Year: 2009
Format: Softcover
201 pages