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On the principle that it is beyond the nurse to prescribe, but that she should have a knowledge of the powerful and important drugs, the author has attempted to impart such knowledge. Drugs are first classified according to their more important physiologic action. In doing this the author has made the error of classifying chloral as an analgesic. Definitions and examples of the different preparations are given, as fluidextracts, tinctures, etc. Methods and indications for modification of doses, table of weights and measures and equivalents, method of preparing percentage solutions, formulas of solutions in common use, and very brief descriptions of the actions and uses of the more important drugs are given. Some exceptions might be taken to the list given under the head of practical classification of drugs; for instance, under acids, tannic and hydrocyanic acid are given. This would convey an erroneous idea of the action of these
Nurses' Handbook of Drugs and Solutions.. JAMA. 1911;LVI(8):614. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560080062035