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August 10, 1889

Materia Medica and Therapeutics, for Physicians and Students.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(6):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440040034013

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The changes which are constantly being made in Materia Medica by the introduction of new remedies and the abandonment, partial or entire, of others, necessitates frequent revisions of the standard works of this class of books. When these are of a voluminous and exhaustive character the purchase of revised editions is often a matter of very considerable expense; but there are, fortunately, less pretentious works which serve an admirable purpose while recommending themselves to the physician, by reason of their comparative inexpensiveness. The present edition of Biddle's well-known treatise is of such a character. It is a well balanced book and is thoroughly modern. Shorn of all that is redundant in the way of botanical descriptions and explanations of pharmaceutical and chemical preparations, and presenting concise accounts of the principal physiological actions of the remedies described, it affords one most valuable and entertaining reading. It does not, of course, take

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