March 3, 1969

Pharmacological Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital Palo Alto, Calif


by W. D. M. Paton and J. P. Payne, 417 pp, 111 illus, $15.50, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1968.

JAMA. 1969;207(9):1722. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03150220138042

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Review of Medical Pharmacology, by Frederick H. Meyers, Ernest Jawetz, and Alan Goldfein, 688 pp, with illus, paper, $8, Los Altos, Calif: Lange Medical Publications, 1968.

New textbooks in pharmacology need some gimmick to compete successfully for the reader's attention and dollars against the entrenched encyclopedias such as Goodman and Gilman. Paton and Payne's purpose is not very clear. The short text would suggest that they had in mind a truncated version of the larger texts. The liberal use of illustrative figures and photographs derived from clinical experiments or treatment situations indicates a welcome attempt to make a textbook of pharmacology more clinically relevant than most. Unfortunately, the purpose, whatever it was, does not come off. All chapters except the first bear the phrase "control of," a format that leads to chaotic disorganization. Antipsychotics and antidepressants are included under "Control of Pain," while such diffuse topics as anaphylaxis, antihistamines, and