March 1954

Textbook of Pharmacology.

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By William T. Salter, M.D. Price, $15.00. Pp. 1,240, with 284 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London, W.C. 2, 1952.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(3):475. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240270161012

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Those familiar with the important original contributions of Dr. Salter to present knowledge of physiology and the action of drugs will be excited over this new textbook of pharmacology. It is in no sense a handbook for quick reference in busy office practice. On the other hand, it is a gold mine of important fundamental information for the student and thoughtful practitioner who wishes to know the reasons behind the therapeutic measures he is using. Physiologic mechanisms are dealt with in a painstaking but thoroughly understandable manner, which could have been accomplished only by one who has spent hours at the bedside and in consultation with active practitioners as well as long hours in the laboratory and library.

The book is divided into three main sections: 1. general principles of pharmacology, in which the history of the subject, details of administration of drugs, relations between pharmacist and physician, etc., are

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