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February 5, 1938

Textbook of Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics

JAMA. 1938;110(6):463. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790060055025

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The fact that this is the seventh revised and reset edition of this standard book on materia medica, pharmacology and therapeutics for nurses is in itself proof of its established value. It aims to teach nurses "to observe the effects of drugs on patients, to recognize the earliest toxic symptoms, to understand the objectives of the physician in prescribing a remedy, and to administer a remedy in such a manner that the maximum desired effect is obtained." Each chapter is followed by questions of three types: the research type, the unfinished type, and those which emphasize the practical aspects of the subject. There is a rather extensive introduction on the administration of medicines including methods of dose calculation. The book concludes with chapters on medicinal foods and physical therapy. When one contemplates the 778 closely printed pages, the contents of which the pupil of nursing is supposed to assimilate in

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