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December 8, 1962

Progress in medicinal chemistry. vol. 1

JAMA. 1962;182(10):1063. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050490087029

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This book, devoted to progress in medicinal chemistry, is, as the publishers say, an attempt to present a series of reviews written by outstanding specialists on selected topics prepared in such a way that they will be of interest generally, but also of use to those working in the field, since the reviews are designed to present a reasonably complete summary of the work up to the present time. The book has also been designed to interest the chemist, biochemist, pharmacologist, and clinician.

The book consists of 6 chapters which discuss pharmacological screening tests, hypotensive agents, tranquilizers, diuretic drugs, oral hypoglycemics and antifungal agents. Unquestionably, the selection of authors is excellent, and their coverage of the material is very complete. The chapters on tranquilizers and diuretic drugs are most stimulating. In discussing the tranquilizers, M. W. Parks has covered the subject in an exemplary fashion, giving a great deal of