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What is pharmacology?

pharmacology drugsIf you’re interested in science and would like a career related to medicine, have you considered pharmacology?

Pharmacology is the study of drugs. In this context drugs are defined as "chemicals which affect the functioning of the body" instead of the common definitions you see in the news such as, "substances of abuse" or even "medicines".

Clinical pharmacology is the study of drugs in man and it is an integral part of pharmacology. Pharmacologists are drug hunters, studying how drugs work in the body and what this tells us about how the body itself works.

There are a few related subjects, including toxicology, which is the study of the unwanted effects of chemicals (including medicines); medicinal chemistry, the study of the chemical properties of drugs and pharmacy, which deals with the manufacture, compounding, distribution and supply of medicines. All of these are linked and overlap in their knowledge and skills requirements but each can be studied as a separate discipline.

Pharmacologists play a major role in human health and society. They are responsible for the discovery of hundreds of chemicals used in the treatment of disease and the relief of human and animal suffering.

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