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September 30, 1933

Whitla's Pharmacy, Materia Medica and Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1933;101(14):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740390059034

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As this textbook was first issued in 1881, the present edition celebrates more than half a century of service. It has the merit of introducing the medical student to a sufficient knowledge of pharmacy and of materia medica that he should be able to write satisfactory prescriptions. The book reflects the nomenclature as well as the preparations of the new edition of the British pharmacopeia. Therapeutic use of the drugs is taken up in their alphabetical order, which makes the book perhaps more useful for purposes of reference but less useful as a textbook, because substances like digitalis and strophanthus, which should be studied together, are widely separated by the alphabetical arrangement. There is also a chapter dealing with nonofficial remedies, which, together with an index of poisons and their antidotes, makes the book a valuable manual to the British physician. Thoroughly in keeping with the conservative nature of our

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