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This book is devoted chiefly to an exposition of the mode of action of various drugs. The therapeutic uses are touched on briefly and printed in small type. Nevertheless, purely from a didactic point of view and without attempting to hide its artificial character, the author employs a therapeutic classification; for, after all, he hopes that an exact understanding of the principles and facts of pharmacodynamics may guide the practitioner in the administration of medicines and render pharmacotherapy more and more rational. It is certainly a classification that brings out in strong emphasis the most interesting utilizable effect of the drugs. Thus, quinidine is classified as an "antifibrillant"; salicylates and cinchophens are discussed under the heading "anti-inflammatories." The book will undoubtedly become an indispensable part of any working library on the action and uses of drugs that aims to be comprehensive.
Éléments de pharmacodynamie spéciale: Étude de l'action des divers médicaments. JAMA. 1933;100(20):1635. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740200069047
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