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October 22, 1904

Manual of Materia Medica and Pharmacy. Specially Designed for the Use of Practitioners and Medical, Pharmaceutical, Dental and Veterinary Students.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(17):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500170062021

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This book is intended primarily for the use of students, and as such will serve a useful purpose, although it has too many shortcomings to make it useful for the general practitioner. The general considerations which precede the part on materia medica are so short and "general" that it would have been better to have omitted them entirely. In order to understand this portion of the book, it is necessary for the student to consult a larger work or to have a previous knowledge of the subject. The author speaks of materia medica as consisting of four distinct divisions—materia medica proper, pharmacy, pharmacology and therapuetics. No mention is made of pharmacognosy nor of pharmacodynamics. We believe that all these should be classed as subdivisions of pharmacology, the term materia medica being more or less obsolete as applied to the whole subject. The text of the book is brief and concise,

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