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The topics which characterize each annual volume of the Annual Review of Pharmacology are a somewhat delayed reflection of the currency of a topic.
For example, recently there has been an increased concern with biologic rhythm. This is quite a change from a report in the New York Times in 1961 in which an otherwise able writer reported as "the most spectacular scientific non sequitur" the development of cancer in cockroaches whose day-night biological cycle had been severely disturbed. In regard to drug use in connection with biological rhythm there is a chapter in this book on circadian chronopharmacology, in which there is an account of the susceptibility to drug action related to the time of the circadian cycle during which a drug may be administered. The aim of chronopharmacology, as given by the authors is "... potentiation of desirable effects and minimizing undesired ones by the timing of drug administration...."
Cyan ED. Annual Review of Pharmacology, vol 11.. Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(1):155. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650010133040