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May 29, 1967

Dilemmas in Drug Therapy

JAMA. 1967;200(9):801-802. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120220103041

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Using a question and answer format—whose central nervous sytem depressant actions are blocked by his conversational style—Dr. Beckman has written a fascinating book about applied pharmacology, a book that simulates a dialog between teacher and listener. The therapeutic dilemmas are arranged alphabetically from abdominal distention, abortion, and acanthosis nigricans through myelofibrosis and narcolepsy to yaws and yellow fever. As indicated, each entry begins with a question that sounds like one asked by a physician friend, not a medical examiner. The answer is also conversational, yet pointed, eg, when asked if there is a specific therapy for yellow fever the answer has one word, "No." Many answers are backed up by citing a recent article in a widely circulated journal. Dr. Beckman often returns to the authors of these by their first names which implies that he knows them and their work. This book's vital feature is its 30-page index which