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January 16, 1937

Favourite Prescriptions

JAMA. 1937;108(3):233. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780030071039

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This book, which is the collection of a series of eighteen articles originally published in the Practitioner, is of considerable interest if from no other than the historical standpoint. It is hoped that it does not, as claimed, "shed light in the trends of medical teaching and practice." As one looks over pages and pages of prescriptions for complex nasty mixtures such as were inflicted on patients by eminent practitioners of the past, which are still reverently quoted and presumably used, one cannot help receiving the impression that our British confrères are even more conservative than the physicians in the United States. We feel rather happy that the "Favourite Prescriptions" in the Practitioners Handbook are by no means "favorite" in this country. In the foreword it is stated that "a sign of the present times is a diminution in polypharmacy and in the art of `elegant' prescribing, which has coincided

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