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July 1976

The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

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San Francisco

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(7):1046. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630310088038

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It is with great pleasure that I received the fifth edition of this unique book. At the time of its publication, the first edition was the best and most useful text in English for the teaching of pharmacology; the current edition demonstrates the editors' ability to define and meet, in a continually innovative fashion, the physician's needs. Three aspects of pharmacology that have been given expanded treatment, commensurate with the deluge of new information, are pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, and receptors.

The dermatologist will find descriptions of most of the drugs that he dispenses condensed in the following compact sections: chapter 20, anesthetics; chapter 50, antiseptics, disinfectants, fungicides, and ectoparasiticides; chapters 55 through 61, chemotherapy of microbial disease; and chapter 70, corticosteroids.

The editors did not prepare this book for the dermatologist, yet several sections provide thorough and easily read summaries for the resident physician. Some sections relevant to dermatopharmacology do

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