While therapeutic measures, other than drugs and medicines, are very properly receiving an ever increasing amount of attention we must not lose sight of the fact that drug therapy can not, as yet, be considered among the practices that we can well do without. From evident indications it is probable that drugs and medicines will continue to occupy a very important position in the prevention as well as in the treatment of disease for decades, if not for centuries to come.
If the continued need for drugs and medicinal preparations be admitted to be evident it will readily be acknowledged that the need for a more systematic and detailed knowledge of the nature, uses and limitations of the several substances that are used in drug therapy can not be questioned and will, therefore, serve as an apology for introducing what may appear to some to be a hackneyed and uninteresting
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