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October 9, 1948

Modern Drugs in General Practice

JAMA. 1948;138(6):462. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900060066030

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This book is at best suitable only for physicians practicing in England because of the frequent reference to trade names familiar in that country. While the author claims that no proprietary preparation is mentioned unless the claims have been substantiated in medical literature, it is unusual for an author to acknowledge advertising material by saying "I should, however, like to express my thanks to those manufacturers of certain preparations mentioned who have put at my disposal literature containing their own claims which are supported by clinical reports."

Although this book is a second edition, it is out of date for the practitioner. For example, the section on penicillin is inadequate and there are no discussions on the newer antibiotics. Also found wanting is the chapter on the sulfonamide compounds. And discussions of the newer agents such as the antihistaminics are lacking entirely. Other criticisms could be raise—for example, concerning the

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