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March 1966

The Pharmacologic Basis of Therapeutics.—Third Edition

Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(3):390. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600210126031

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This text book of pharmacology is the classic and standard of the field. Its third edition appears 11 years after the second, and follows the first by 25 years. While the general format, style, and humor of prior editions has been retained, a major change finds Drs. Goodman and Gilman now editors rather than authors, and the book is actually written by a group of 42 contributors, many of whom are either former students or associates.

The careful, thorough, documented approach to pharmacology characteristic of prior editions has been retained and drugs are handled as drugs, grouped and classified primarily on the basis of their pharmacologic effects. Some chapters are masterpieces; understandably not each one can come up to this level. The book espouses a "critical way of thinking about drugs," and "presents an entre' into the therapeutic jungle," which has bloomed particularly luxuriantly in the past ten years.


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