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October 11, 1941

Modern Drugs in General Practice

JAMA. 1941;117(15):1305-1306. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820410083048

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The author believes that there is need for a book which presents necessary information in compact form about the value, availability, correct application and potential danger of new drugs. She lists such drugs under the headings of sulfanilamides, gold salts, cardiac drugs, drugs acting on the autonomic system, sedatives and hypnotics, diuretics and antiseptics, gastrointestinal remedies including anthelmintics, external applications including antiseptics, disinfectants and local antiseptics. She regrets that there is not in Great Britain any official body corresponding to the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association, and her work to some extent fulfils this lack. The application to clinical medicine of the sulfonamide group represents the greatest advance in the treatment of bacterial infection since Ehrlich's discovery of arsphenamine in 1904. She gives details for the administration of these, including diets low in sulfur. This is because these drugs may cause sulfhemoglobinemia. Gold therapy, she

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