August 1955

Year Book of Drug Therapy (1954-1955 Year Book Series).

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Edited by Harry Beckman, M.D. Price, $6.00. Pp. 592, with 74 illustrations. Year Book Publishers, Inc., 200 E. Illinois St., Chicago 11, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;96(2):284. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250130158020

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Internists who find the "Year Book of Medicine" a useful library addition will be equally rewarded by reading the 1954-1955 "Year Book of Drug Therapy." The selection of the year's outstanding contributions in this important field by a single person is a tremendous task. We are greatly indebted to Dr. Beckman for his careful summaries and the editorial comments which, because of his well-known background in pharmacology, he is able to make with authority and fairness.

As one compares this latest compendium with those of the two or three years immediately preceding it he is struck by the decrease in contributions on corticotropin (ACTH) and cortisone and the increase in reports of the deleterious effects of antibiotics—especially the sensitivity reactions to penicillin and the serious effects of dislocations of bacterial flora from antibiotic therapy, such as those due to ascendency of resistant staphylococci and Candida albicans. There are numerous articles

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