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If one did nothing else except read the brief introduction of Beckman, voicing his despair at the growing trend of launching drugs for use by the unwary public without tests or with inadequate tests, he would be well paid for looking into this book. Much space is given to evaluation of tranquilizers and stimulants, to cardiovascular diseases, and to infectious disease, and there is relatively little dealing with the liver, neoplasm, vitamins, and the thyroid. For the most part there have been relatively many fewer new compounds launched in these areas. Without the help of "The Year Book of Drug Therapy," it would have been difficult to keep up with therapy in the very wide variety of diseases an internist or a general practitioner may encounter in his work. Whether Modell's "Drugs of Choice" will provide too strong competition for this member of the Year Book Series remains to be
William B. Bean. The Year Book of Drug Therapy (1957-1958 Year Book Series).. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;103(1):169. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270010175034