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With the great influx of new therapeutic agents, the physician feels frustrated in having to depend on promotional literature for information. Rarely has he an opportunity to read the fine print of the package insert which, by law, now serves as a legal document giving "complete disclosure" of the uses, effectiveness, and toxicity of a preparation. What is needed is an authoritative drug reference book which would adequately and truthfully describe the actions and uses of the thousands of drug preparations now available.
Two new editions of major general texts appeared in 1965. Both are magnificent works and similar in size, scope, and cost. Drill's Pharmacology in Medicine, skillfully edited by J. Di Palma (ed 3, Blakiston, 1965, $22.50), appeared first. Each of the 93 authors injects his own style, knowledge, and judgment in the complete revision of the 91 chapters. The result is a very readable set of
David NA. PHARMACOLOGY AND DRUG THERAPY. JAMA. 1966;196(1):80-81. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100140134036