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March 1, 1913

Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Students and Practitioners of Medicine.

JAMA. 1913;60(9):693. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340090055033

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In preparing the new work on pharmacology and therapeutics, the author had in view the needs of the medical student, to whom the science of pharmacology is of value chiefly as affording a basis for practical therapeutics. For this reason the pharmacologic action is closely associated with the therapeutic uses of the various drugs, while the facts of materia medica are stated in separate sections, so that the book can be used in successive years as a text-book of materia medica and later as a text-book of pharmacology; if such a separation is deemed desirable. The arrangement is intended to follow as nearly as possible the classification based on therapeutic uses. This leads to some strange associations; for instance, we find the compounds of bismuth and cerium oxalate classified as counterirritants and set between cantharides and chromic acid. The critical judgment of the author as a student of pharmacology is

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