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June 29, 1935

Arzneikunde und Arzneiverordnung: Ein Lehrbuch

JAMA. 1935;104(26):2390. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760260078033

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As the authors state in the preface, the purpose of their work is to supplement but not to replace lectures on pharmacology; they did not intend to cover the subject thoroughly, and the reader seeking further information is referred to larger textbooks. Since pharmacology developed into an independent branch of medicobiologic science, it became necessary not only to describe the mode of action of drugs but to discuss the causes of such action. Conforming with this requirement, the authors divided each chapter into two parts, theoretical and practical. Description of the therapeutic application of drugs is preceded by an evolution of its scientific basis; this arrangement of the text reflects the fact that pharmacology stands on the borderline between the theory and the practice of medicine. The authors are familiar with the aversion of the majority of medical students to chemistry; however, the knowledge of composition of drugs is essential

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