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May 22, 1948

Pharmaco-Therapeutic Notebook

JAMA. 1948;137(4):419. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890380089034

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This book was prepared to furnish pharmacists "essential notes on the various aspects of pharmaceutical practice." Designed for the British pharmacist, this book fails to carry out its purpose and is even less suitable for American pharmacists. The book presents short descriptive statements regarding a number of drugs arranged in groups according to the predominating pharmacologic action. However, the statements offer little or no pharmacologic information and deal chiefly with the clinical use of the agents. The selection of agents to be discussed is often unfortunate, and many of the recommendations are uncritical. For instance, among the recommended antiinalarials are found Fowler's solution, with iron and quinine (Racelli's mixture) and sodium cacodylate. Mercury preparations are recommended for syphilis. A weird mixture of lithium and sodium hippurates is recommended for use in conjunction with various nitrites as a "hypotensive." The use of Latin titles cannot be criticized, since their use is

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