Since the first edition of this book, pharmaceutical medicine has only become more diverse and has also
become widely accepted as a recognized medical specialty, for example, with its first graduates of specialist
training in the United Kingdom, to add to those of Switzerland, and Mexico. This has been accompanied by
pharmaceutical medicine’s rapid progress toward specialty recognition within the European Community,
and many changes in the pharmaceutical environment. So, we have taken this book further with this second
edition. There are new chapters on European regulations, risk management, the Middle East, Asia and other
topical subjects in pharmaceutical medicine. Those chapters that did appear in the first edition have all been
brought up to date.
But this book is for all those working in pharmaceutical medicine, regardless of their degrees, titles or
affiliations. Although it comprehensively covers the internationally harmonized syllabus for the Diplomas in
Pharmaceutical Medicine that are awarded in Belgium, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, this book will
also usefully serve those teaching other types of certificates and (usually Master’s) degrees in this field, as
well as being a vade mecum for those who are not undertaking academic courses.
We would again like to thank the team at JohnWiley and Sons, Inc., Chichester (UK). Hannah Bradley got
this second edition started, but then went off on a tour around the world; the editors strenuously deny that they
are the reason why. Lucy Sayer and Juliet Booker have since piloted the ship to the dock-side, successfully
cajoling us into getting this edition done before its second decade. Not least, we would like to thank you, the
reader, for your continued support and suggestions. So here is our second edition, it is more than a simple
update, and it is even less US-centric than before.