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November 19, 1955

Introduction to Chemical Pharmacology

JAMA. 1955;159(12):1253. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960290079029

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The subject of this book is the relation between chemical constitution and physiological action. As Dr. Ing indicates in the foreword, "It has been a somewhat disappointing subject of study, and some workers have despaired of finding any convincing relationships." That this despair is gradually being dispelled is evidenced by the basic advances in pharmacology in the last 20 years. This timely book considers these advances and their underlying problems after an introductory chapter reviewing basic pharmacological considerations such as the kinetics of pharmacological reactions and mechanism of drug action, the receptor theory, factors influencing drug-receptor complex, sites where drugs act, and other topics related to a full understanding of the subject under discussion. Drugs are classified according to their sites of action, e. g., central nervous system, peripheral nerves, synapses, and certain tissues and organs. Eighteen chapters are devoted to these subjects, followed by a short chapter devoted to

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