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October 21, 1933

Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1933;101(17):1341. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740420061041

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If there is such a thing as a book being "too good" for the purpose for which it is intended, the present one is an example. A good textbook for a review course for a medical student, it seems hardly the book for a nurse. Quite a bit of it—that portion referring to experimental pharmacodynamics — might have been deleted or printed in small type for optional reading, with considerable improvement in its value as a textbook for nurses. The fact that the nurse does not need the same kind of instruction as the doctor seems to have been overlooked by the author. That portion, on the other hand, devoted to physical therapy and psychotherapy, even though richer than most other books for nurses, might well have been considerably enlarged and a chapter on occupational therapy added.

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