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January 3, 1966

The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

JAMA. 1966;195(1):50. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100010106040

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In the long-awaited third edition of this encyclopedic complete text on pharmacology and the rational use of drugs, 42 authors share the herculean task of reviewing the flood of recent literature. Under single or dual authorship they contribute the 76 chapters in the 18 sections. The "liberal use of extract (fine) type as a space-saving device" allows nearly twice as much material under one cover. Although portions printed in smaller type "are of somewhat lesser importance," in most cases it will be necessary and profitable to read these. For example, extract type is used to narrate the historical background and to discuss complex structure-activity relationships, significant laboratory and clinical studies, the types of preparations, dosages and routes of administration, side effects and adverse reactions, and the therapeutic uses.

Each chapter offers a complete and up-to-date review. Usually, enough information is given so that one finds it rarely necessary to refer

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