December 1970

Pharmacological Facts and Figures.

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By F Lembeck, PhD; and KF Sewing, PhD. Price, $3. Pp 111, with many illustrations. Springer-Verlag Inc, 175 Fifth Ave, New York 10010, 1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(6):1079. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310120141030

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Pharmacological Facts and Figures by Lembeck and Sewing is, as the authors state, "a collection of résumés and tables of the kind which are frequently shown at lectures but which are rarely copied by the audience." Indeed, the book appears to be a collection of the illustrative materials used by lecturers in a basic pharmacology course in Germany. None of the material is documented.

The translators substituted some commonly used American and British drugs for several of the German drugs in the original text. This process resulted in the introduction of some minor errors. For example, although Elavil is the trade name for amitriptyline most widely recognized by Americans, the translators selected the trade names Saroten and Tryptizol. Throughout the book several drug names are misspelled. Some German symbols were not converted to their English equivalents, eg, blood alcohol levels of 5.0‰ vs 500 mg 100 ml. But most of

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