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January 1938

Materia Medica, Toxicology and Pharmacognosy.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;61(1):158. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180070163013

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This book has individuality and a good deal of charm. As is stated in the preface, it is a textbook and reference work on the therapeutics, toxicology, pharmacognosy and posology of the official drugs of "The Pharmacopoeia of the United States of America" and the "National Formulary."

It is an interesting combination—in many ways an old-fashioned herbal walking hand in hand with a modern textbook. One sees pictures of homely herbs and flowers, like thyme, roses or foxglove, and learns how as the years have passed they have come to be used by medical men as thymol, pills of aloe and mastic or tincture of digitalis. The illustrations from the herbals are not perfect but are sufficiently good and reasonably clear. For the unknowing there are short chapters that deal with the elements of botany which every physician should know and also a simple glossary whereby an ignoramus can quickly

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