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March 29, 1941

Pharmacology, Materia Medica and Therapeutics

JAMA. 1941;116(13):1488. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130150042

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This book is written to help the nurse become a more helpful partner of the physician. It is practical to the extent of naming drugs, their doses and the purpose for which used. It is unpractical if one wishes further information. Pharmaceutic preparations are disposed of in less than five pages; and pharmacy, including solutions, temperature, metrology, arithmetic review, preparation of solutions and doses, prescription reading and dosage in fifty pages. Pharmacology is practically not discussed, so that the term is superfluous. The materia medica consists of brief unsatisfactory statements such as one would find in a dictionary and not what one expects in a book devoted to the subject of materia medica. The book is well printed, clearly written and accurate in statements of fact and it contains a mass of valuable material, but unless other books are used the information given leaves much to be desired and leaves

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