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September 1958

Pharmacology in Medicine: A Collaborative Textbook

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(3):425. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560090141034

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This is a monumental reference book which represents the collaborative efforts of a number of pharmacologist-teachers. It deals with drugs currently used in practice with emphasis on their mechanism of action, effects within the body, therapeutic value and available forms. All material conforms with the United States Pharmacopoeia, the National Formulary, and New and Non-Official Drugs. The chapter devoted to the skin and mucous membranes, written by Eldon M. Boyd, Professor of Pharmacology at Queens University, considers adsorbents, demulcents, emollients, astringents, local irritants, melanizing, and demelanizing agents. Other drugs of interest to dermatologists thread through the entire book as, for instance, local anesthetics, vitamins, chemotherapeutic etc.—and there is an excellent section on prescription writing. It is a fine book to have on hand for ready reference, should one want to know what he is doing with the drugs that he prescribes.

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