January 1965

Drugs in Our Society.

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By Paul Talalay, MD. Price, $6.50. Pp 311. The Johns Hopkins Press, Homewood, Baltimore 21205, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(1):117-118. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860130119042

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This book is a presentation of 21 essays by leaders of the drug industry including the men who guide the pharmaceutical companies, eminent men using and evaluating drugs, and men primarily concerned with advertising, moral, or legal issues of drug use and testing. These essays were divided into the general headings of Therapeutics Past and Present, Drug Effectiveness and Safety, Roles and Responsibility of Industry and Government, Economics and Advertising, and Sociological, Legal, and Ethical aspects.

The past recent years have seen a flood of information and comment on these subjects but often this is with a sense of urgency or a partisan position because the Kefauver investigations or the thalidomide tragedy precipitated them. It is most intellectually satisfying to read these splendid essays. They are thoughtfully written and represent the scientific and philosophical conclusions of unhurried thought presented from minds that are the foremost in the United States (Professor

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