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The author sees that general pharmacology is steadily replacing the old burdensome pharmacology with its immense number of drugs and recipes which the physician may rarely use. The object of the book is to present the general principles of pharmacology in a separate and short form, now lacking in the German language. The student may benefit from general pharmacology as much as from instruction in general pathology. The study must be pursued assiduously if the student is to gain fundamental conceptions of drug action. He discusses the absorption of drugs, their distribution in the body, excretion, relation of dose to effect, sensitivity of the organism, habituation, idiosyncrasy, fate of drugs in the body, synergism and antagonism, and chemical constitution in relation to action. The American student will find nothing new, either in method of presentation or in subject matter. All is to be found in the standard textbooks of pharmacology.
Allgemeine Pharmakologie: Ein Grundriss für Ärzte und Studierende. JAMA. 1938;111(26):2418. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790520074034
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