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September 1973

Handbook of Pharmacology, ed 5.

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Los Angeles

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(3):462. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650090132041

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Some "handbooks" come in multiple volumes weighing ten pounds each. This little book is as close to a true handbook as any. While it is still too large to carry in one's pocket, it fits nicely amidst one's desk top collection of books or at a nursing station, where it lends itself easily to ready reference.

The book is organized into standard chapters covering different varieties of drugs, such as antibiotics, immunological agents, and analgesics. Most chapters begin with a general introductory synopsis followed by sections dealing with specific classes of drugs. The history, chemistry, actions, mechanisms, pharmacodynamics, toxicity, and uses of each chemical class of drugs are summarized in telegraphic style.

Specific preparations are then listed, providing generic and trade-names, structural formulas, specific attributes of the preparation in question, and the usual doses. As might be expected, such treatment does not pretend to be a definitive pharmacological discussion of

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