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January 2, 1937

Materia Medica and Therapeutics: A Text-Book for Nurses

JAMA. 1937;108(1):71. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780010081034

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In a book that gives so much that is practical in so small a space, much has to be forgiven. There is no doubt that it fills the needs for which it is designed as well as and perhaps better than some other books on the subject. It would be desirable, however, if a person who teaches this subject and especially one who writes on it were somewhat better grounded in pharmacology than the author seems to be. Thus to mention strychnine as a true heart stimulant or to consider morphine and bromides as heart depressants is not in line with modern teaching. However, it probably does not do much harm, as professional ethics requires nurses to receive opinions respectfully on the action of drugs expressed by doctors who are not much better grounded in their knowledge of pharmacology.

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