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January 16, 1937

Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics

JAMA. 1937;108(3):233. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780030071040

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This book is replete with excellent and practical information for nurses. The only question is whether it is not too complete. The policy of presenting to nurses pharmacology from the same standpoint as that taken in teaching medical students may be questioned. It is doubtful, for instance, that attempts at localization of the point of action of the nerve-muscle poisons will add much to the nurse's understanding of the subject, while necessarily causing her a good deal of grief in trying to memorize so many facts that are entirely unrelated to the practical use of drugs in her hands. Such warning, on the other hand, is apropos that the nurse oversteps her authority in withholding a dose of morphine when the physician prescribes it "p. r. n." and the overscrupulous nurse permits a patient to suffer pain all night. There are other such practical nursing precepts on the use of

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