The administration of drugs for remedial purposes should be based on a thorough knowledge of physiology, pathology and the principal physiologic actions, as well as the more important secondary actions of the drugs to be administered. The physician should always bear in mind that drugs do not cure. They may be made valuable adjuncts in our endeavor to restore normal function in an abnormally functioning organ.
In administering drugs, one should also bear in mind that the taking of medicine should not be made a punishment or a disagreeable task to the patient, and therefore it is the duty of the prescriber to administer the medicinal agent in as palatable a form as possible. Furthermore, it often happens that the desired physiologic reaction is not obtained from a given drug because of improper mode of administration, or because of failure to select from a given group of drugs the particular
DINER J. RATIONAL DRUG THERAPY. JAMA. 1919;72(4):264-265. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610040030010