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July 7, 1962

Drug Therapy

JAMA. 1962;181(1):66. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050270068028

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This pocket-sized book stresses the author's opinions and recommendations on the clinical use of modern drugs; the drugs are classed under functional headings, preceded by a brief general, critical discussion of the pharmacology and choice of drug of each class. Adverse effects, dosage forms, and trade names are clearly given. The inclusion of vaccines and plasma is very helpful, since most pharmacology texts do not admit that such are drugs.

Because this is a small book, the drugs tend to be classed as either white or black, since there is no room to discuss comparative shades of gray. The author leaves no doubt of his opinion of drugs, even at the expense of grammar, as when he states that one drug "is no good." However, several published studies indicate that not all clinicians agree with this specific judgment, nor would they with the statement that a certain antibiotic responsible for

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