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August 8, 1966

Medical Pharmacology: Principles and Concepts

JAMA. 1966;197(6):518. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110060192048

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The third edition of Medical Pharmacology is an expanded and updated version, similar in design and scope to its two predecessors. It lacks the depth of information needed to make an adequate reference book, but, by the author's own admission, it is not intended to be encyclopedic. Rather, it presents a solid outline of the modern concepts of pharmacodynamics, which is equally useful to the beginning medical student seeking the basic tenets and to the seasoned practitioner desiring a quick review.

The author has tried to present his material in a straightforward and interesting fashion, and the book on the whole is highly readable. However, in certain sections that appear to lie outside the author's particular areas of interest, the writing tends to suffer from an inherent disadvantage of any general textbook in which a single author presents a broad coverage of a technical subject—namely, a style that seems somewhat