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January 21, 1939

Pharmacology, Materia Medica and Therapeutics

JAMA. 1939;112(3):268. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800030078037

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Because it is vitally important for the nurse to have an appreciation of the social problems resulting from the indiscriminate use of drugs, an elaborate chapter on "patent medicines" and self medication has been added. There has also been added a great deal of material at the end of each chapter consisting of a summary, clinical correlation and ward practice, topics for class discussion, notebook exercises, projects for further study and review questions. As one looks over the closely printed material one wonders whether this book is not more suitable for reference than to serve as a textbook for nurses. Graduates in medicine would be well equipped if they knew what is contained in these pages. To require nurses to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the contents is almost inhuman. It is hoped that the teacher who uses the book in classes for nurses will make it clear what portions the

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