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May 21, 1938

Handbuch der experimentellen Pharmakologie

JAMA. 1938;110(21):1778-1779. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790210058033

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Heffter's handbuch is the most extensive and complete work on pharmacology. Additions to it are indispensable in research libraries. The present volume deals with chaulmoogra oil and its allies by Prof. H. Schlossberger of Berlin, coramin and metrazol by Prof. Fritz Hildebrandt of Giessen, the harmine group of alkaloids by Prof. J. A. Gunn of Oxford, and insulin by Profs. E. M. K. Geiling of Chicago, H. Jensen of Baltimore and G. E. Farrar of Philadelphia. The history, pharmacology and extensive literature of these drugs are given. Chaulmoogra oil has been used in Hindu medicine for a thousand years. One might therefore expect an extensive ancient literature. However, until 1854 its use in leprosy was not generally recognized, and not until 1904 was the attention of the scientific world drawn to it. One hundred and twenty-seven pages are devoted principally to its chemistry and pharmacology. Pyridine-beta-carbonic acid diethylamine (coramin) is

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