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August 9, 1958

Pharmacology in Medicine: A Collaborative Textbook

JAMA. 1958;167(15):1895. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990320089026

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The second edition of this comprehensive textbook is a collaborative effort by 85 authorities in the field of pharmacology, 78 of whom also contributed to the first edition. The advantages of such a joint undertaking lie in the fact not only that each subject is presented by an authority but that the division of labor has permitted the appearance of a second edition within a period of four years. Despite the multitude of authors, the editor has succeeded in maintaining a uniformity of style and arrangement that facilitates the use of the book. A noteworthy addition is the excellent chapter by P. B. Dews on drugs affecting behavior. Improvements in format include the consecutive numbering of the pages throughout the book, rather than by chapters, and the inclusion of the author's name under each chapter heading. The book includes discussions of many of the newest drugs, and each chapter contains

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