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December 2, 1922

The Oxford Index of Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1922;79(23):1952. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640230062031

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This book represents the views of about 100 English and American contributors. In Part One, the various diseases are discussed in alphabetical order, with a consideration of the method of treatment; in Part Two, the agents used in therapeutics are listed, with the dosages and indications, the preparations being taken, the authors announce, from the British and American pharmacopeias and the National Formulary, and from the catalogues of several pharmaceutic manufacturers. In Part Three, drugs are classified in groups, according to their general uses. The volume represented a conglomeration of great unevenness. Some of the articles are excellent; others appear to have been hastily compiled. Many of the prescriptions are simple and satisfactory; others include numerous ingredients and are of the "shotgun" type. Many include secret proprietary preparations. When the scientific writers on therapeutics obtain information regarding the therapeutics of drugs from catalogues of pharmaceutic manufacturers, the remainder of their

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