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March 10, 1945

Essentials of Pharmacology and Materia Medica for Nurses

JAMA. 1945;127(10):619. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860100063029

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According to the preface of the first edition, "the object of this little volume is to present the facts and theories of pharmacology and materia medica for nurses in a lucid, concise form, adapted to the limited time available for the course in many nursing schools.... Where the larger texts are used, this book may be helpful in reviewing pharmacology and materia medica." There are available a number of books intended for the nursing profession; some of them are unnecessarily complete, others are too brief and sometimes inaccurate. The authors of most of the books, however, apparently realize that the object in teaching pharmacology and materia medica for nurses is to provide information on how the drugs are used and what they may be expected to do; not to provide a book so complete in details that the nurse is receiving as thorough instruction as the medical student. Where to

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