Bibliographical Notices A Treatise on Therapeutics and Pharmacology or Materia Medica . By George B. Wood, M.D., late President of the American Medical Association, &c. &c. In two vols. pp. 840 and pp. 900. Philadelphia. J. B. Lippincott & Co
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sylvania, at Philadelphia, by the author of the work whose title we have placed above. We well recollect the pleasure and profit with which we listened to those lectures. They were admirable expositions of the principles of therapeutics, and contained careful and accurate descriptions of drugs and therapeutical compounds. We rejoice to find that those " Lectures constitute the chief substance of the present Treatise."' We are confident that it will meet a want in medical literature which no one
... rature which no one could supply so well as Dr. Wood. The lectures, we have often felt, deserved to be put into a permanent form for the benefit of the whole profession. In doing this, the author has rendered a substantial service to the medical community, for which he will receive their sincere thanks. The work is rather a treatise on therapeutics than on materia medica. It describes the effects of drugs on the system, their use and application in disease, more fully than it does the drugs themselves. It diners from the United States Dispensatory, of which it is almost needless to say Dr. Wood is one of the authors, in not treating with the same fulness of detail of (he subjects peculiar to pharmacology: of the physical and chemical properties, commercial history and officinal forms of drugs. It differs also from the author's Treatise on Theory and Practice, in not presenting an elaborate view of the principles of medicine or discussions upon special diseases. It necessarily contains much, however, that is common both to the Dispensatory and to the work on theory and practice. We tire glad to say that this work is not a compilation. It is the result of the author's observations and experience. The opportunities that Dr. Wood has enjoyed for investigating the action of drugs on the human economy have been of no ordinary character, and this work shows that they have been carefully improved. It is written from experience. It is the result of personal investigation, and therefore possesses peculiar value. The treatise is divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to general therapeutics and pharmacology; the second, lo special therapeutics and pharmacology. The primary and secondary effects of medicines, (heir modus operandi, the influences which modify them, the forms in which they are used, the manner of exhibiting them, &c, are discussed in the first part. The remainder of the work, which embraces all the second volume and more than three-fourths of the first, is occupied with an account of remedial agents, not merely of drugs, but. of all therapeutical appliances, whether drugs or more general remedies, as cold, heat, electricity, diet, depletion, mineral waters, mental influences and the like, which the physician of (he present day employs. It is, in fact, a great merit of the work, that it describes all agents or influences that are The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal as published by The New England Journal of Medicine. Downloaded from nejm.org at UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA on September 15, 2016. For personal use only. No other uses without permission. From the NEJM Archive.