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January 20, 1945

A Concise Pharmacology and Therapeutics of the More Important Drugs, Together with an Introduction to the Art of Prescribing

JAMA. 1945;127(3):189. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860030061028

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According to the authors, this book is intended "only to discuss the action of drugs in relation to practical therapeutic considerations" and "represents an attempt to present concisely, but in sufficient detail, the pharmacology of the more important drugs used in the British Commonwealth and the United States of America." Unfortunately, the authors have made such a concise presentation that the value of the book is lessened. It is not suitable for medical students unless supplemented by the better known textbooks on pharmacology and therapeutics. Errors are occasionally seen. For example, the authors state that mild silver protein is a preparation similar in character to strong silver protein but it contains a considerably smaller proportion of silver. Apparently it has been forgotten that the adjectives "strong" and "mild" refer to the therapeutic action, as made evident by the degree of ionization, and not to the total silver content. Also there

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