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February 3, 1923

A Treatise on Materia Medica and Therapeutics, Including Pharmacy, Dispensing Pharmacology and Administration of Drugs.

JAMA. 1923;80(5):351. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640320063039

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"Materia Medica," says the author, "is not an attractive subject; but it must be learned." He has therefore "endeavored to minimize the labor of the student," with what seems doubtful success. The use of small type, close spacing and thin paper makes this apparently small book really a fairly large treatise, and rather difficult to read. It is not likely to become available as a textbook in the United States, because of the exclusive use of the British Pharmacopeia as the standard. Also, characteristic of British provincialism is the exclusive use of the old system of weights and measures. For us, the most valuable portions of the book are probably those which deal with drugs employed by the Hindus. These the author discusses familiarly, and in many cases from personal experience. Information, elsewhere difficult to obtain, is given on such drugs as adhatoda, bael fruit, betel, turpeth, kaladana resin, alstonia,

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