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July 9, 1938

Poulsson's Text-Book of Pharmacology and Therapeutics

JAMA. 1938;111(2):197. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790280087034

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Poulsson from 1895 to 1928 was a distinguished professor of pharmacology at Oslo. The eleventh edition of his textbook (in German) was published in 1937. It has been a popular textbook in Scandinavian and German universities for many years. The second revised English edition is based on the recent British and United States pharmacopeias. The plan followed is typical of "the continental atmosphere" and follows rather closely after Schmiedeberg's Grundriss der Pharmakologie. The book is perhaps too brief on the theoretic side and too limited in the discussion of recent developments. Ethylene, propylene and cyclopropane occupy but half a page, while curarine receives two pages. Acetylcholine is not mentioned, nor the adrenergic or cholinergic theories of nerve impulse. In the discussion of digitalis the chemistry is omitted and the term aglucone is not mentioned, and no mention of standardization is made. A mistake is made in the translation of β-imino

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