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August 15, 1931

Fighting Disease with Drugs: The Story of Pharmacy. A Symposium.

JAMA. 1931;97(7):485. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730070051035

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The use of drugs in the treatment of disease is almost as old as the science of medicine. Much of this history is covered in that interesting book by La Wall called "Four Thousand Years of Pharmacy." The sketches included in this volume are issued as a symposium with the aid of several philanthropists interested in pharmacy and with a view to stimulating the scientific use of medicaments. The various chapters of the book describe the various uses of remedies in the control of disease, covering such subjects as the sources of drugs, drugs derived from vegetables, drugs from mineral sources, vitamins, various chemicals, methods of standardization and modern pharmacy. The book is handsomely illustrated and replete with information of importance to every physician.

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