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September 20, 1952

Useful Drugs: A Selected List of Essential Drugs with Brief Discussions of Their Actions, Uses and Dosage.

JAMA. 1952;150(3):254. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680030086035

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The first edition of this book was published in 1913. Each successive edition has presented a brief, authoritative, and carefully selected manual of drug therapy as of the date on which it was issued. The present volume is admirably in line with this tradition; indeed, the excellent editing, which is apparently designed to achieve more uniform phraseology and treatment, would seem to give this edition the rank of primus inter pares. Many monographs on individual agents have been revised to bring them up to date or thoroughly rewritten for conformity to style; good examples of the latter are those for ergonovine maleate and ergotamine tartrate.

Comparison of this with the last edition shows that 60 or 70 new drugs have been added and 13 or more deleted. Some of the newer antihistamines and antibiotics make their first appearance, and a number of sulfonamides and biologics are among those deleted. The

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