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The major portion of this textbook is devoted to abstracts of drug advances in the various major branches of practice, with editorial comments to highlight controversial points. Possibly, the best portion of the book is its introduction, in which the editor reviews the advances in drug therapy during the decade 1940 to 1950 in a concise thoughtful resumé.
A plea is made for physicians to realize that the socioeconomic impact of increased life span requires emphasis to the public that this increased longevity and freedom from infectious diseases materially increases the capacity to work of our older generations. In the opinion of the editor, some method must be evolved to absorb the productive capacities of elderly persons into industry if we intend to resolve some of the difficulties of geriatric patients.
The 1950 Year Book of Drug Therapy (October, 1949-September, 1950). JAMA. 1951;146(5):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670050089040
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