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OF

MATERIA MEDICA,

THERAPEUTICS, AND PHARMACOLOGY.

BY

GEORGE FRANK BUTLER, PH. G., M.D.,

Professor of Materia Medica and Clinical Medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons,
Medical Department of the University of Illinois ; Professor of General Medicine and Diseases
of the Digestive System, Chicago Clinical School; Attending Physician to Cook County
Hospital; Member of the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society,
Chicago Medical Society, Chicago Pathological Society, and Chicago Society of

Internal Medicine; Fellow of the Chicago Academy of Medicine, etc.

SECOND EDITION, REVISED.

Miseris succurrere disco.

PHILADELPHIA:
W. B. SAUNDERS,
925 WALNUT STREET.

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TO

THE MEDICAL STUDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES,

IN THE HOPE THAT IT MAY AID THEM IN ATTAINING A CORRECT
KNOWLEDGE OF THE NATURE AND ACTION OF DRUGS

AND THE RATIONAL TREATMENT OF DISEASE,

THIS WORK IS CORDIALLY INSCRIBED BY

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

It is peculiarly gratifying to the author to be so soon called upon to revise his book on Materia Medica, Therapeutics, and Pharmacology for the second edition, since it is an evidence of the very favorable reception and appreciation of the work by medical teachers, students, and physicians generally.

Since the publication of the first edition there have been many advances in pharmacology, rather in the direction of clearing from obscurity the action of old remedies than in marvellous new discoveries. In this respect therapeutics has but followed the normal line of the evolution of science.

The recent important additions made to the knowledge of the physiological action of drugs principally relate to antipyretics, antiseptics, aconite, and strychnine. These, as well as some minor changes in the pharmacology of a few other drugs, appear in the present edition. Many alterations also have been made in the chapters on diuretics and cathartics.

One of the principal innovations is the substitution of a chapter on the Untoward Effects of Drugs for that on Definitions. The tables given summarize all contributions to the subject to date.

Serum-therapy and the therapeutics of nuclein have received considerable attention during the past year, and these interesting topics are more fully discussed in the present issue.

The author earnestly requests any reader who may discover an error of whatsoever nature in this edition to report the same to him promptly, and hopes that the work as revised will continue to prove of value to the medical profession.

GEORGE FRANK BUTLER.

794 WEST ADAMS St., CHICAGO,

August, 1898.

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