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The author in the preface to his first edition says that his effort is calculated to show how pharmacologic research and clinical observations may be advantageously combined in the rational use of remedial agents in order to influence disease favorably. He treats the subject from the standpoint of the pharmacotherapeutist. The text is divided into four main parts. The first, devoted to general therapeutics, contains a concise statement of the development of therapeutics from its origin down to 1844, when Horace Wells introduced nitrous oxide as a general anesthetic. It also contains a comprehensive classification of dental remedies. In the first section of this classification the usual groups of antiseptics, astringents, caustics, hemostatics, counterirritants and antacids are listed. The second section outlines the drugs that act on specific organs, such as the mouth and teeth, the peripheral nerves and the central nervous system. The third section deals with physical therapeutics.
Dental Materia Medica and Therapeutics: With Special Reference to the Rational Application of Remedial Measures to Dental Diseases. A Textbook for Students and Practitioners. JAMA. 1927;89(11):903–904. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110067037
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