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February 1974

Neuromuscular Blocking & Stimulating Agents, vol 1 & 2.

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Fort Collins, Col

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(2):325. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320140163039

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These books are published as a part of a series in the International Encyclopedia of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Two volumes were contributed by 16 pharmacologists specializing in the neuromuscular junction and edited by J. Cheymol. The first comprises two subsections, "Neuromuscular Junction" and "Inhibitors of the Neuromuscular Junction," with 15 chapters. Anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and pathology of neuromuscular junctions are described in detail in the five chapters of the first subsection. The second is further divided into four parts. Natural inhibitors such as snake venoms, botulinum toxin, tetradoxin, curare, and various synthetic inhibitors of neuromuscular transmission are included.

Pharmacodynamic aspects of neuromuscular blocking agents are described in detail in three chapters: "Inhibitors of Post-Synaptic Receptors," "Inhibitors of Acetylcholine Synthesis," and "Inhibitor Ion-Magnesium." The last chapter of the second subsection describes absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of synthetic neuromuscular blocking agents.

The second volume consists of six chapters. The first two

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