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March 8, 1952

Essentials of Pharmacology

JAMA. 1952;148(10):876. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930100094037

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This edition of this introductory text in pharmacology is similar in purpose and style to the first. The new edition differs from the old chiefly in that recent changes in the field have been included, necessitating, particularly, revision of the material on autonomic blocking drugs, antibiotics, antihistaminics, and radioactive isotopes. The authors discuss the subject material of a course in pharmacology directed to medical students or practicing physicians. To accomplish this, they have omitted much of the fundamental material relating to pharmacologic principles as well as to the pharmacodynamics of most drugs. In the preface they admit to this shortcoming and state that for such details the reader must look elsewhere. In most instances satisfactory references are given to pertinent review articles or publications. There are a number of typographical errors in the bock, and there is a lack of consistency in the use of synonymous drug names that is

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