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March 31, 1906

Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(13):976. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510400054023

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This is a companion book to White's Materia Medica and Therapeutics, but it has less to commend it. On page 10 we find the following: "It is also equally true that the details of the chemical behavior of such substance can be ascertained only by performing the necessary reactions, and the point has therefore been well taken that as there is no prospect at the present time of explaining the latter from its constitution, there is still less hope that much advance will be made in the near future in formulating the laws governing the details of its pharmacological effects." To this we can not agree. Just as the chemical behavior of many substances can be stated with reasonable accuracy from a knowledge of their constitution and relationship, so much advance is being made in the study of the relation between chemical constitution and pharmacologic effect. Another criticism that may

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