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December 24, 1932

Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology: A Selected Laboratory Course.

JAMA. 1932;99(26):2209. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740780061035

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Laboratory work in the medical sciences may be overdone, and the day is surely past when the value of a course was measured by the number of animals used. Courses may be uninteresting and pedantic, the work not significant or useful. In pharmacology, especially, it is easy to overburden and thus to confuse with detail; so any arrangement that combines brevity and simplicity together with clarity is commendable. Barbour's little book achieves a fair degree of success in reduction and selection of experiments without sacrifice of meaning and purpose. The laboratory exercises in the book are quite familiar. For the most part, the twenty-nine students' exercises and eleven demonstrations are well selected. The directions are simple and direct. For students passing from physiology to pharmacology, they are adequate. Commendable are the questions and clinical correlations accompanying each exercise. Papers selected for reading are few but well chosen. Some illustrations, mostly

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