By Oscar W. Bethea. Fifth edition. Price, $5. Pp. 577, with supplement 39 pp. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis, 1938.
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The chapters on prescription writing are practical and take up all the points which the student must know. Part I, consisting of some 400 pages, considers alphabetically various therapeutic agents with reference to the properties, preparation, indications and dosage. There are many illustrative prescriptions. While much useful material is presented, undue space is given to semiobsolete preparations. Half a page, to mention one example, is given to juniper tar; regarding its uses the statement is made, "Has been used in the treatment of chronic nephritis, particularly when evidenced by edema." This sort of thing takes one back to nineteenth century medicine.
Materia Medica, Drug Administration and Prescription Writing.. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(5):1189. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190170180012