Book Reviews
August 1945

The Chemistry and Pharmacy of Vegetable Drugs: Dealing with the Derivation and Properties of All the Principal Vegetable Drugs; for Practitioners and Students.

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By Noel L. Allport, F.I.C., Research Chemist, The British Drug Houses, Ltd. Cloth. Price, $4.75. Pp. 258, with 17 tables and 126 figures. Brooklyn: Chemical Publilshing Company, Inc., 1944.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;70(2):129. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020200073010

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This book contains twenty-two chapters classifying the drugs, some of which are official (in the Pharmacopeia of the United States and the National Formulary) and some nonofficial, as to their active principles, that is, as alkaloids, glucosides, etc.; therapeutic action, that is, as diuretics, laxatives, expectorants, etc., and as to their use in pharmaceutic practices and preparations into which they enter

Much space is given to alkaloidal drugs, eight chapters being devoted to this type of drug with tables showing the drug, part used, active principles, percentage of active principle, physiologic action and therapeutic uses.

The book also has several similar tables of other drugs, many of which are less important than that dealing with the alkaloids.

The figures, one hundred and twenty-six in number, are reproductions from photographs of plants, crude drugs and various types of equipment.

The book contains over one hundred monographs on the vegetable drugs, showing

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