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September 7, 1918

The Action of Drugs. A Course of Elementary Lectures for Students of Pharmacy.

JAMA. 1918;71(10):847. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600360063022

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This book consists of a course of lectures given to senior pharmacy students. It is not intended to be a complete study of the subject, but merely to give the young pharmacist a concise survey of the modern conceptions and knowledge of drug action. The author naturally is under considerable difficulties in making the work concise and elementary, yet at the same time sufficiently complete and technical to be of value. Probably future revisions will add many things and omit others. Many statements are very didactic, and must be taken by the student with a realization of the fact that their author gives them an authoritative character. For example: "Calcium sulphide is sometimes used internally against boils. This has no rational foundation." "Calomel in large doses is often an efficient diuretic." "The action of digitalis enables the heart to compensate more or less perfectly for any valvular defects." Such statements

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