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December 19, 1896

Reference Book of Practical Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(25):1311-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431030047017

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This book is as its name implies a reference book of practical therapeutics. It might have truthfully been called a dictionary of therapeutics, for the topics are arranged alphabetically, and are treated with the conciseness and exactness of an encyclopedia. "The leading idea," writes Dr. Foster, "in the preparation of this work has been to make it preëminently serviceable to the practicing physician. It is not intended to take the place of treatises on materia medica or pharmacy."

The work is not confined to a description of the method of preparation and use of official articles and remedies recognized by the pharmacopeia, but as well includes various proprietary remedies in use by the profession. There can be no two opinions of the usefulness and great merit of the work, but it is greatly to be regretted that the editor has adhered to the old sytem of dosage throughout. It is

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