By Linette A. Parker, B.Sc., R.N. Fifth edition. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 379, with 32 illustrations. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1933.
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A "good book" is one that gives all it should give and does not contain anything that is unnecessary. Judged from this standpoint, this is a fairly good book, at least as far as acquainting nurses with the drugs and their use is concerned. If there is an error it is in the direction of excessive conscientiousness in the attempt to cover the subject completely. Many of the minor drugs would probably be best handled in form of a reference list in an appendix rather than through harassing the nurse's overburdened mind with names that she may not need to know. One thing that is certainly objectionable in a book of this type is the introducing of structural chemical formulas, which to a person who does not understand them—and most nurses do not—is a decided embarrassment. It is unfortunate that physical therapy is taken up at all, because it is
Materia Medica and Therapeutics: A Text-Book for Nurses.. JAMA. 1933;101(10):803. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740350061044