May 1920

Experimental Pharmacology

Author Affiliations

By Hugh McGuigan, Ph.D., M.D., Professor of Pharmacology in the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. Philadelphia and New York: Lea & Febiger, 1919.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1920;25(5):574. doi:10.1001/archinte.1920.00090340125009

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In his preface the author states that an attempt has been made to present experimental pharmacology in a brief, concise form, yet to give the student an adequate view of the field. The introduction and first chapter deal with general considerations of drug action, modes of drug administration and operative and other technical details. The succeeding chapters are devoted to the pharmacology of the various systems of the body, with selected experiments illustrating the action of drugs on these systems. Methods of biological standardization are described for those drugs for which these methods are commonly applied. The book is illustrated with a number of photographs, drawings and diagrams.

One criticism that might be offered is that the book contains too much extraneous matter. Thus the introductory chapters contain definitions and general statements that properly belong in a textbook of pharmacology. There is a detailed account of various methods of artificial

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