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August 21, 1954

Textbook of Organic Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

JAMA. 1954;155(17):1544. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350086044

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Several persons have contributed chapters to this textbook for undergraduates in pharmacy who have had a year of organic chemistry. The book covers therapeutic substances and pharmaceutical and diagnostic aids. For the most part, the arrangement is on the basis of the chemical structures of the compounds, but some drugs are grouped by their actions, e. g., local anesthetics, antimalarials, antibiotics, and analgesics. All of the drugs in the United States Pharmacopeia XIV, the National Formulary IX, and the 1953 editions of New and Nonofficial Remedies and of Accepted Dental Remedies are included. There also are two general chapters on the relationships between physicochemical properties of drugs and their biological action and on the metabolism (detoxication) of drugs in the body. The subject index is exhaustive, but many of the entries are not made in accordance with good indexing practice. Much of the writing is pedestrian, some of it is

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