Thermodynamics a brief introduction

The importance of thermodynamics in the pharmaceutical sciences is apparent when it is realised that such processes as the partitioning of solutes between immiscible solvents, the solubility of drugs, micellisation and drug-receptor interaction can all be treated in thermodynamic terms. This brief section merely introduces some of the concepts of thermodynamics which are referred to throughout the book. Readers requiring a greater depth of treatment should consult standard texts on this subject.2,3

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