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August 9, 1971

A Guide to Drugs in Current Use

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1971;217(6):830-831. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190060068033

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This multiauthored book, organized by therapeutic categories, provides synopses of the major properties of most prominent, single-entity drugs currently prescribed. Monographs on these typically include summaries of selected features of pharmacology, usual therapeutic indications, common or important adverse reactions, and contraindications. The nomenclature for drugs is primarily British, but nonproprietary US synonyms are usually given; trademark names are not used.

Most of the book succeeds quite well in presenting essential and valid information of the limited scope intended. Unfortunately, however, the quality is not even throughout. Certain surprising omissions of important drugs and needed information, a few unrealistic comparisons between drugs, and occasional statements subject to challenge tend to compromise the overall usefulness of a generally worthwhile effort. Less important, but mildly distracting, are occasional lapses in style.

In summary, this little book can provide a fair general knowledge of drugs and would be a worthwhile addition to a medical