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June 1965

Handbook of Pharmacology: The Actions and Uses of Drugs.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(6):759-760. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860180131046

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One of the questions to be answered for virtually every book is the nature of the reader for whom it would be best suited. Another question is whether an additional book might be necessary or desirable to supplement the scope of the book in question—as a sort of textual magnifying glass. A general caution is appropriate here: an incomplete account may at times be as hazardous as a false account-the omission of relevant material in an incomplete account has the same effect as an account which by its silence can be misleading. This caution is intended as a general note in this age of the quick-and-easy summaries.

While Cutting's Handbook of Pharmacology is not and cannot be even relatively comprehensive, it signals the important properties of a substance by its excellent organization. The usual pattern by which drugs or groups of drugs (as ganglionic blocking agents for example) are described

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