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July 14, 1962


JAMA. 1962;181(2):153-154. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050280083010

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Thisrapeutic Number of The Journal, is not intended as a "fruitcake" to present something for everyone. Neither is it intended to survey completely the field of drugs and practical therapeutics, nor to present a group of papers endorsed by or reflecting the opinions of the Council on Drugs. We attempt, rather, to bring to the attention of the practitioner a few of the most pressing—even dramatic—considerations which might confront him as he writes a particular prescription. Indeed, few areas in the average practice today present such a complexity of considerations as does the writing of a prescription. Given that a patient has been sufficiently studied and his requirement for a drug adequately focused, the wealth of free choice available comprises both an inspiration and an embarrassment. Shall one of the newest agents be selected? It promises much—but, alas, promises in this area have all too often fallen short of fulfillment

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