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September 18, 1937

Materia Medica Including Pharmacology and Therapeutic Hints

JAMA. 1937;109(12):981. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780380065033

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This book is designed primarily for the use of students at the Calcutta Medical School. It is a brief treatise of materia medica and pharmacology in outline form. It contains much essential information, which is readily available because of the size of the book. It is obvious, of course, that a book of this nature cannot serve as a textbook but should prove useful when reference to the more salient features of drug actions, toxicology and therapeutics suffices. A classification of drugs similar to the therapeutic index in Useful Drugs, extended to cover the details of the uses, is included in the book along with the usual tables on foods, incompatibilities and abbreviations. Under "Drugs Acting on the Generative Organs" there is a subheading "Direct Aphrodisiacs": strychnine, camphor, alcohol, opium, cannabis indica and cantharides, and under "Indirect Aphrodisiacs... drugs that cause general improvement of health...," iron, arsenic, strychnine and glandular

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