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January 16, 1886

A Text-Book of Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Materia Medica.

JAMA. 1886;VI(3):83. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250010091015

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This work merits praise. Its arrangement is somewhat novel, and adapts it especially for use by students of medicine who are not only trained by didactic lectures but also by laboratory exercises on the physiological action of drugs.

In order to save repetition the author devotes the first part of the book to a description of the methods employed for discovering the physiological action of drugs upon the various organs of the body. Not only does this enable him to avoid repetition, but also to contrast clearly the action of various drugs on the same tissue or organ. The first chapters of this section are devoted to a consideration of "Circumstances which Affect the Action of Drugs," such as fasting, habit, climate, etc., and the action of drugs on blood and the lower organisms. In the ramaining chapters the action of medicines upon individual tissues and organs is considered. Chapters

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