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It is a regrettable fact that many physicians prescribe drugs either from habit or from hearsay. Even with the drugs prescribed many times daily some of their important actions are unknown or forgotten.
Certainly it is not necessary for me to state that a knowledge of the absorption and elimination of drugs is required before they can be administered intelligently. The fact that a physician is prevented from overdrawing his mortality account by an indulgent Providence should not make us any the less eager to bring about an improvement in a condition so easily improved. The trouble is we do not study our materia medica enough. Many of us get our ideas of therapeutics from works on practice. This is sufficient to a degree only. The knowledge obtained from such a source can not replace the knowledge of the physiologic actions of drugs that should be the basis of our
ZEMP ER. THE ABSORPTION AND ELIMINATION OF SOME COMMONLY USED DRUGS,WITH PRACTICAL DEDUCTIONS FROM A KNOWLEDGE OF THE SAME.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(16):1349-1352. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320160027001f