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July 29, 1939

Studies on Drug Addiction, with Special Reference to Chemical Structure of Opium Derivatives and Allied Synthetic Substances and Their Physiological Action

JAMA. 1939;113(5):447. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800300077036

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The volume presents various studies conducted by the Division of Medical Sciences of the National Research Council. The chemical and pharmacologic studies were done at the Universities of Virginia and Michigan, respectively. The book is divided into three parts. The first section is devoted to some relationships between chemical constitution and pharmacologic action in the morphine series; the second outlines various attempts made to synthesize substances with narcotic and, in particular, analgesic action, and the third reviews clinical studies of drug addiction, with special reference to opium and allied synthetic substances. This is a notable compilation and should prove an aid to persons interested in chemical and pharmacologic investigations.

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