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This section provides generalized information on pharmacology and also describes drugs categorized by their common mode of action, rather than by clinical application. Information on pharmacology for specific clinical applications can be found in other sections of the Handbook that are organized according to area of rehabilitation practice.

Pharmacology material in this Handbook is predominantly derived from Ciccone, CD: Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, ed. 4. FA Davis, Philadelphia, 2007, with permission. Readers interested in understanding pharmacology and its relationship to rehabilitation are urged to examine this text. The authors wish to thank Dr. Ciccone for the use of his material and for his assistance.

General Principles

TABLE 19.1Common Drug Suffixes
TABLE 19.2Routes of Drug Administration

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