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April 13, 1912

A Manual of Materia Medica for Medical Students.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(15):1141. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040157034

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As indicated by the title, this is a. manual of materia medica. The allied subjects of pharmacology and therapeutics are almost wholly ignored, the subject of materia medica being regarded as a preliminary one which is to serve as a foundation for the course in therapeutics. As, at the period when the student is supposed to undertake the study of materia medica, he is not far enough advanced in physiology to understand the normal actions of the organism, the physiologic action of drugs is omitted to a large extent, only the simpler actions being described in order that the study may not become too dry. There may be some room for doubt whether this is really the best way to teach materia medica, since it thus becomes almost a pure matter of memory and of detail without close application to the ultimate object of the physician's studies, viz., therapeutics.


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