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April 26, 1890

Handbook of Materia Medica, Pharmacy, and Therapeutics.

JAMA. 1890;XIV(17):626-627. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410170034015

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Dr. Potter has embodied many original ideas in the preparation of this work, some if not all of which will prove of very great value to the reader. After an ample introduction to his subject, about one-half of the entire volume is devoted to the subject of materia medica and therapeutics. A peculiarity of arrangement is here noted, for the author, instead of following the classification of remedies laid down in the introduction, has arranged his subject in alphabetical order, as best adapted for the grouping of closely related agents under the title of the principal member of each class; a method, no doubt, which will in many respects prove advantageous to the novice. In this section every preparation included in the last U. S. Pharmacopœia is fully noticed, together with the prominent unofficinal agents. The physiological action, incompatibilities and therapeutical application of each remedy is described clearly and concisely.

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