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August 14, 1948

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics: A Survey for 1941-1946

JAMA. 1948;137(16):1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890500143029

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The title of this book is somewhat misleading. The subject matter consists of brief abstracts of toxicologic and therapeutic information gleaned from the medical literature published during and subsequent to World War II. The drugs are arranged alphabetically, and only those which were subject to investigation during the period covered by the survey are included. Fortunately many of the older drugs were reinvestigated during the war years, and thus the volume contains information not only on the new synthetic chemicals but on many of the well known older agents.

This book is useful only when consulted in conjunction with other reference works on pharmacology and therapeutics. It may be considered as an appendix to the more extensive standard works, and as such will provide up-to-date information on recent investigations on drugs. The emphasis has been placed on quantitative toxicologic data, although metabolic and pharmacodynamic effects of the various drugs are

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