October 25, 1941

Applied Pharmacology

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By A. J. Clark, M.C., M.D., F.R.C.P., Professor of Materia Medica and Pharmacology in the University of Edinburgh. Seventh edition. Cloth. Price, $5.50. Pp. 672, with 92 illustrations. Philadelphia: Blakiston Company, 1940.

JAMA. 1941;117(17):1485. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820430081028

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When most medical writers suffer from comprehensive megalomania, educators would do well to examine this book as a model. Sensible in size, it contains an adequate number of the most important drugs. It has cut down "acreage" to cultivate better a smaller domain. It emphasizes fundamentals and builds a solid foundation. This is good psychology and makes for good pedagogy. The scientific evidence for the therapeutic action of the more important drugs is given. The student often fails to appreciate the connection between pharmacology and therapeutics because he is taught these subjects at different stages of his career. This creates a gap the bridging of which is one of the aims of this book. The author is the successor to a chair held by Fraser and by Cushny. Like them, he appreciates scientific foundations in the study of medicine. He is equally aware that pharmacology in the medical school should

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