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September 6, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(10):901. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820360083031

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According to the author, this textbook is intended for "medical students at a stage in their education before general principles become obscured by a mass of practical details, but may also interest others." Dr. Gaddum has also attempted to present for medical men pertinent statements concerning the kind of evidence that justifies the clinical trial of new drugs when such trial is requested by drug manufacturers. The book contains twenty-two chapters, which discuss inorganic salts and fats of the diet, vitamins, hormones of known and of unknown structure, stimulants of the central nervous system, narcotics and other depressants of the central nervous system, body temperature (pyretics and antipyretics), sensory nerves, motor nerve endings, muscles, the alimentary canal, circulation, blood, kidney, respiration, proteins, heavy metals and metalloids, drugs which destroy life, chemotherapy and general pharmacology. The titles do not always create a clear impression as to what may be expected in

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