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February 1972

Hazards of Medication: A Manual on Drug Interactions, Incompatibilities, Contraindications, and Adverse Effects

Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(2):305. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620050099035

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This authoritative volume should be in the library of all physicians. Daily we are confronted by the possibility of drug interactions to the possible detriment of our patients, and we must be aware of these.

The table of drug interaction covers more than 400 pages of this volume and includes more than 600 of the most widely used drugs. Another table details how many drugs interfere with the results of laboratory tests; this table comprises almost 50 pages. These two tables alone are worth the price of the entire volume.

The distinguished group of authors and editors presents an overview of the numerous therapeutic, biopharmacuetic, legal, and scientific requirements for safe and effective medication of the patient. They point out that factors such as drug dependence, a genetic flaw such as an enzyme deficiency, a food constituent such as a pressor amine, psychosomatic disturbance, and others may negate therapy or

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