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September 24, 1932

Materia Medica, Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Prescription Writing for Students and Practitioners.

JAMA. 1932;99(13):1107. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740650065032

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This book is written for students and practitioners and includes materia medica, pharmacology and therapeutics. Materia medica is treated quite adequately and on the whole satisfactorily, although the student must often search other sources to satisfy his curiosity. For example, the author includes cortin as a new drug used in the treatment of Addison's disease. There is little information for the student in the statement that epinephrine is produced by the medullary portion of the suprarenal gland, while cortin comes from the cortex. Such an amount of information is valuable, but it is not enough for the "student." Other new drugs included are quinidine, plasmochin, chiniofon (sodium iodoxyquinolinesulphonate), ethylene, the barbiturates, carbon dioxide, carbon tetrachloride, antiseptic dyes, mercurochrome-220 soluble, metaphen, phenylhydrazine, insulin, ovarian preparations, and colloidal aluminum in stomach treatments. The pharmacology as a whole is disappointing. Mere statements of fact, such as that curare acts on and paralyzes the

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