February 1951

Progress Volume: Modern Developments in Therapeutics and Methods of Treatment, to Accompany "An Integrated Practice of Medicine."

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By Harold Thomas Hyman, M.D. Price, $10. Pp. 867. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London, W.C. 2, 1950.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;87(2):324-325. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810020146017

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This progress volume is full of useful information. Many tables summarize a large amount of material and are a good source of information when there is little time to search elsewhere. In the first part of the volume the various antigens used in diagnosis are listed, and one learns where one can obtain such skin testing agents as coccidioidin, which as yet is commercially unavailable. The therapeutic usefulness of aureomycin, chloramphenicol (chloromycetin®) and terramycin is well summarized, but, of course, individual observations do differ. The author places chloramphenicol ahead of a combination of streptomycin and sulfonamides in the treatment of Bacillus pyocyaneus infections.

In addition, there is a large quantity of useful laboratory material relative to the employment of various therapeutic agents. For example, the various methods of determining the coagulation time and the prothrombin time are outlined in a discussion on bishydroxycoumarin (dicumarol®) and heparin therapy.


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