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July 1959

Pharmacologic Principles of Medical Practice.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(1):123. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020125015

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Abstract

Like its predecessors, this book is a concise volume covering adequately the basic aspects of pharmacology. It is well organized, and except for some minor affectations (such as using plasmatic membrane for plasma membrane, nonsensitive for insensitive and numerous didactic definitions), it is also well written. The unique quality of this book is retained, giving a wealth of historical background on the different branches of pharmacology and many portraits of great men in pharmacology and their important contributions. In the organization of the book, a harmonious compromise seems to have been achieved whereby the importance of pharmacodynamic aspects of drug action has not overshadowed the more frequently used drugs in practice whose mechanisms of actions may not be too well elucidated. Thus the antibiotics are accorded a justifiable priority in the early part of the book. Moreover, drugs acting on the skin, those used on the ears, nose and throat,

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