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April 13, 1946

American Pharmacy: Fundamental Principles and Practices, Pharmaceutical Preparations, Biologicals

JAMA. 1946;130(15):1053. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870150071029

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This book is an ambitious, well conceived attempt not only to cover the wide range of contemporary pharmacy but also to rationalize the subject in terms of modern science. In general, this objective seems well achieved, although some of the chapters, particularly those dealing with pharmaceutical products of biologic origin, seem too abridged to convey a basic understanding of the subject.

The discussion of the various pharmaceutical classifications of drugs and their preparations seems quite adequate both for the student and for the practicing pharmacist. Here the subject matter is well selected and treated with scholarly discernment.

The failure to include any dissertation on prescription practice is a defect which militates against its general acceptance. As the dispensing pharmacy is the acme of professional pharmaceutical service, certainly so far as the neighborhood drug store is concerned, it seems reasonable to presume that it would have received serious consideration in a

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