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To the Editor:—
The article by Dr. Norman A. David in The Journal Feb. 1, 1936, page 405, entitled "The Recent Graduate and Drug Nihilism" is one that should appeal to every teaching pharmacologist. It draws attention to the impoverished condition of this subject. The more recent article "The Present Status of Research and Teaching in Pharmacology," by Dr. David and George A. Emerson (The Journal, Nov. 14, 1936, p. 1599) stimulates me to forward the accompanying discussion, which I am especially free to do from my present position, as pharmacology has been for many years granted equal rights with her usually more fortunate sisters.A number of years ago, while professor of pharmacology in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I became unfavorably impressed with the amount of poor prescribing, lacking both in fundamental knowledge of the subject and even more frequently in its practical application. Through the courtesy of my friend
Gibbs OS. RECENT GRADUATES AND DRUG NIHILISM. JAMA. 1937;108(7):575-577. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070059024