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April 26, 1965

To-day's Drugs

JAMA. 1965;192(4):336. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080170064034

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Abstract

The British Medical Journal runs a weekly feature, "To-day's Drugs," which ranges widely over the entire field, from a short column on influenza vaccine to longer discussions of effective drug treatment of gout or peptic ulcer. For 17 months beginning in 1963, a special series of essays had been commissioned, to cover modern therapeutics of conditions commonly met in general and hospital practice. These articles have now been revised by their 34 contributors and gathered into this compact volume.

The coverage is by topics, with 11 main headings. The cardiovascular system, for example, receives 40 pages which include discussion of diuretics, hypotensive drugs, and drugs for cardiac arrhythmias. With such an arrangement, some drugs are considered in more than one area. The drugs relevant to the endocrine and reproductive systems receive 57 pages. Of these, the 15 pages devoted to oral contraceptives may reflect the current popular fascination with the

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