June 1953

Pharmacology in Clinical Practice.

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By Harry Beckman. Price, $12.50. Pp. 839, with 152 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1952.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(6):756-757. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070773031

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This book supplants the old and familiar Beckman's "Treatment In General Practice." Why the form and treatment of the book should have been changed is not clear. The author states that he is thinking in terms of specific disease, in terms of symptoms, and not of anatomical groupings of organs or chemical groupings of drugs. The book is thus divided into two sections. Section one presents the pharmacological aspects of nearly all the major problems that arise in medicine and dentistry. Section two is a listing of all the drugs mentioned in section one, with a few chemical and physical properties of these drugs.

As regards the pharmacology involved in the text, it can only be said to be minimal, and the book would have better been titled "Therapeutics in Clinical Practice." The content as regards drugs currently used is up-to-date and complete. An effort is made to divide the

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