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Book review
"Pharmazeutische Biologie 2:
Biogene Arzneistoffe und Grundlagen von
Gentechnik und Immunologie"
Hildebert Wagner, Angelika Vollmar, Andreas Bechthold
Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft Stuttgart, 2007, € 68.–, ISBN-10:
380471997X, ISBN-13: 978-3804719972; German language
Sci Pharm. 2009; 77: 913
The aim of this new edition is to provide a description of the whole spectrum of
medicinally used substances derived from biological sources. The thoroughly
new designed textbook is divided into three parts with three subchapters each.
Part one starts with a general chapter on the isolation, quality and use of herbal
medicinal products, and describes in the second chapter various plant derived
drugs, arranged according to their main compounds – lipids, carbohydrates,
terpenoids, phenolic substances, alkaloids, and others. Not only the chemistry
is of interest but also pharmacological activities and the medicinal use of
compounds and extracts with reference to new literature, especially clinical
data. Chapter three of this part gives an overview of the most important
medicinal plants (drugs) and their main constituents arranged according to their
therapeutic indication.
Part two of the book deals with substances isolated from bacteria, fungi,
animals and the biotechnological production of proteins and antibodies. The
following chapter is dedicated to antibiotic, antimycotic, cytotoxic and
immunosuppressive compounds as well as hormones and vitamins. The last
chapter of this part describes high molecular drugs, e.g. peptides and proteins.
The third part of the book covers basic knowledge of genetechnology,
immunology and molecular biology.
Within 390 pages (including 270 coloured illustrations, 656 chemical structures
and 51 tables) the authors manage to give a clear, understandable yet
comprehensive overview, recommended not only for students but everybody
interested in modern pharmaceutical biology.
Astrid Obmann
Department of Pharmacognosy
University of Vienna