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November 13, 1943

Pharmacology, Materia Medica and Therapeutics

JAMA. 1943;123(11):731-732. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840460065032

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Abstract

The author of Proverbs said "With all thy getting, get understanding." The authors of this book assume that the student nurse has ability and time to become omniscient. They present a pot-pourri complex enough to confuse a witch of Endor. That their presentation aids or gives time for understanding is questionable. They encourage the neophyte with this advice: "The student's mastery of materia medica will be greatly enhanced by her ability to connect the facts and theories in the subject with the facts and theories of related subjects.... The student will therefore do well to make an effort to relate what she learns in materia medica with what she has already learned in anatomy, physiology, chemistry and bacteriology." Wonderful words, but even the authors do not live up to them. In a discussion of some of the major present day problems, proprietary medicines receive the conventional condemnation. The authors give

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