October 1968

"... Take as Directed".

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By F. E. Shideman, MD, PhD. Price, not given. Pp 435, with several figures. Chemical Rubber Co., 18901 Cranwood Parkway, Cleveland 44128, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(4):382-383. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300090092034

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This book could represent an interesting approach to understanding the use of drugs. Unfortunately, I believe the author was carried away and has gone overboard. I doubt that it would serve a useful purpose for a layman other than to confound and confuse, because it has much too much information (eg, anatomy, pathology, physiology, and pharmacology). It seems that the author has attempted to squeeze an entire medical education into 435 pages. The average layman, I suspect, wants to know whether (1) a drug is any good for the disease for which it is prescribed, (2) if the dosage is proper, and (3) if there are any serious side effects.

Unfortunately, I suspect the author started out to write a text for laymen and ended up with a book which (with some revision) could be used as a textbook for paramedical personnel. Too many facets of therapeutics and medicine have

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