Immunoassays in Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • V. Marks

Abstract

Pharmacology is one of the oldest of the medical sciences. For much of its history, however, pharmacology was concerned almost exclusively with pharmacodynamics, i.e. what drugs do to the body — rather than with pharmacokinetics, i.e. what the body does to drugs. This aspect of pharmacology can, to a large extent, be said to date from the studies by Williams on drug metabolism and the appearance of his classic monograph on detoxication mechanisms. Studies on pharmacokinetics were hindered, even in those rare instances in which they might have been considered necessary, by the lack of suitable methods for measuring drugs in biological fluids and for following their metabolism and secretion.

Keywords

Caffeine Methotrexate Diazepam Propranolol Prednisolone 

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