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January 4, 1941

An Introduction to Materia Medica and Pharmacology

JAMA. 1941;116(1):84. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820010086035

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The second edition of this textbook based on Brodie's "Materia Medica for Nurses" provides an introduction to materia medica and pharmacology which incorporates the recent advances in the subject. The opening chapter, by Elsie E. Krug, on the nurse's opportunities to learn pharmacology in the hospital ward lays down sound principles which could be read with profit by medical students as well. Users of this book will have difficulty arising from the arrangement of the subject matter and carelessness in the use of titles and subtitles, a circumstance which limits its value as a reference book. Alcohol, for example, is discussed under the chapter on drugs which act on the peripheral nerve endings. Although in general drugs are grouped in relation to the physiologic system with which they are most prominently associated, not infrequently the authors have failed to group together drugs having a common action; thus the main discussions

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