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August 9, 1947

A Handbook of Commonly Used Drugs, Including Certain Measures for the Control of Diseases Peculiar to the Tropics of the Western Hemisphere

JAMA. 1947;134(15):1273. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880320063024

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This book cannot be recommended for students or physicians. There are now available so many books on drugs that there would seem to be little excuse for new ones unless they provide a real contribution. The authors have attempted to provide a small book apparently for occasions "when reference material for drug research is difficult to obtain"; they state that it "is not designed to replace the standard texts in Pharmacology but rather to act as an adjunct and a guide in conditions where such texts are relatively unavailable." Unfortunately, what is offered cannot be considered adequate even as an adjunct and certainly not as a guide. Such important subjects as diuretics are dismissed in two and one-half pages, female sex hormones in one and one-half pages, cathartics with one page and emetics and expectorants with one page. The book is already dated, as there is no mention of newer

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