It is important that a healthy cooperation should exist between those who are engaged in the scientific study of drug action and those who use drugs for the purpose of curing or alleviating disease; for the problems of pharmacology, like those of pathology, have a very immediate bearing on medical practice. Established modes of treatment frequently form the starting point of scientific studies, and the exact knowledge thus gained leads in turn to greater precision in treatment. Pharmacologic studies have uncovered new therapeutic possibilities that have ultimately proved useful in the clinic. Finally, a clear recognition of the fact that substances of similar chemical structure frequently possess pharmacologic properties that are similar but not identical has opened up a vast field of research. Numerous compounds of a given type are now produced with comparative ease by the organic chemist. While many or most of these may possess no great practical
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