February 1, 1958

Pharmacology for Medical Students in Tropical Areas

JAMA. 1958;166(5):552. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990050122023

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The title of this book might indicate that it is quite limited in its scope. Actually, it covers, though less thoroughly, the same areas as do the currently standard texts in pharmacology. Its approach is more from the therapeutic than from the basic pharmacological point of view. In neither respect is it as comprehensive as are the more voluminous American books. It begins with a brief but good discussion on the general principles of pharmacology, including prescription writing. There follow sections on the chemotherapy of infectious disease, drugs acting on the skin, mucosa, and gastro-intestinal tract, those acting on the central nervous system, those effecting the autonomic nervous system, and those effecting the heart and circulation. There are in addition subdivisions on allergic reactions and their treatment, the reproductive system and substitution therapy, metabolic disease and substitution therapy, and the prevention and treatment of nutritional deficiencies. The appendix presents simple

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