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September 9, 1939

Recent Advances in Chemotherapy

JAMA. 1939;113(11):1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800360071030

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The first edition of this book appeared eight years ago, prior to the discovery of chemotherapeutic agents which were effective in the treatment of acute bacterial infections. Therefore it necessarily was for the most part devoted to a study of the action of chemical agents on helminthic, protozoal and spirochetal infections. The new edition covers a wider field, and more especially by virtue of a rather loose interpretation of the definition of chemotherapy. It represents a fairly successful attempt to present concisely as much as possible of the recent advances made in chemotherapy in its broader sense. In this respect the book is commendable. From the standpoint of the general practitioner, much of the material is either of little interest or of limited practical application. This is particularly true of much of the extensive discussion of pharmacodynamics, which is included at the expense of omitting the details of methods of

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