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Sept 7, 1963

An Introduction to Pharmacology

JAMA. 1963;185(10):809. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060100089035

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J. J. Lewis, MSc, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow, has made a valiant effort to write a much needed book, a concise (926 pages!), really up-to-date textbook of pharmacology. It "concentrates upon site, mode and type of action and pays some attention to chemical action relationships" and was presumably designed primarily for use in the teaching of medical students. The classification and organization are conventionally arranged according to the predominant action or uses of the agents. A major asset of the text is the discussion of an extensive number of experimental compounds and newly introduced drugs, but this may also limit the book's usefulness to beginning medical students. A brief introduction to biostatistical procedures and simple assay systems is included.

The author perceptibly struggles to find an optimum on the treacherous fine line between dogmatic generalization and experimentally demonstrated fact. Although the object of the

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