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July 26, 1985

Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs: An Encyclopedia of Adverse Reactions and Interactions

Author Affiliations

College of Medicine University of Vermont Burlington


edited by M. N. G. Dukes, ed 10; 966 pp, $111.50, New York, Elsevier Scientific Publishing Co Inc, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;254(4):551. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360040107041

Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs is a well-produced book and is one of the best resources on adverse reactions and interactions of drugs. As indicated in the preface, it is written for the clinician and the medical investigator.

The contents consist of 51 chapters of therapeutically or pharmacologically related drugs. Each chapter is presented in the form of a monograph, with special emphasis on adverse reactions, risk situations, and interactions. The book is written by 60 contributors and has one editor and nine coeditors for the different sections. Almost all therapeutic drugs as well as social drugs are covered.

I find the system of references novel. Among the interesting features are dual indexes, one for drugs and another for side effects. A list of the National Centers for Adverse Reaction Monitoring is included, with addresses and telephone numbers. Each paper reference indicates whether the original paper discusses the point in