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September 29, 1894

Therapeutics: Its Principles and Practice.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(13):516. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421180034014

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The work has passed as current coin for so many years that it were a bold man that would undertake its serious criticism. In its statements of the physiologic effect of drugs it is unrivalled, and as a scientific treatise on therapeutics it has few equals, but while one can not paint the lily or gild refined gold, we may always praise a treatise that has for practitioners the charm of truth. When the author has doubts he frankly says so; and there are so many doubts in real life! The only suggestion we would make to the author would be that the additions made necessary by reason of facts learned by recent experiments, be inserted in the text, instead of the brief reference in a foot note, and that the terms be changed to conform to modern usage. Thus while the author uses the term, "official," correctly in the

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