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June 27, 1891

Materia Medica and Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(26):925. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410780025015

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This is the second and final volume of a work which has engaged the attention of the author for some time. We have noted quite every page of the volume, and feel pleased and benefited for so doing. As in the first edition of all other efforts, so here there is a demand for the critic's pen. And yet there is not, we confess, that shortcoming we had rather prepared ourselves for. Rapid authorship does not usually conduce to thoroughness, and that weighing of evidence which a medical text-book should have; and for this reason, if no other, we were inclined to be unsparing in search and statement.

To the writer—who has turned almost daily to Bartholow's Materia Medica—the most serious fault in the make-up of Dr. Shoemaker's work, is the absence of an index of diseases.

The amount of space given to prescriptions, and to a description—however brief—of many

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