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The appearance of a work for nurses on materia medica nearly as large as the more important works on pharmacology intended for physicians may strike one as unnecessary and tending to invade the province of the physician. This is not, however, the case with the present work. The author explains that the nurse needs to be a trained observer and must know the action of medicines in order to observe accurately the effects that are obtained. The actions of medicines are therefore taught with enough of physiology as a foundation to enable the nurse to detect any untoward symptoms or the action of an overdose. Therapeutics are excluded because the nurse is never called on to treat patients, nor should she ever do so without orders from a physician. The administration of remedies receives particular attention. The treatment of poisoning is given in detail under the individual drugs. A large
Materia Medica for Nurses.. JAMA. 1914;LXIII(6):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570060064035