This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics: An Introduction to the National Treatment of Disease", by John Mitchell Bruce. Also available from Amazon: The pharmacology and therapeutics of the materia medica.
This book is chiefly therapeutical in its scope, and is intended to be a rational guide to the student and practitioner of medicine in the treatment of disease. At the same time the Materia Medica has not been sacrificed. On the contrary, it will be found to be set forth in detail by the adoption of a natural and concise arrangement, which presents the subject in such a form that it can be quickly appreciated and easily remembered. The author attaches importance to the plan which he has adopted in the description of the Special Therapeutics, and which consists in systematically tracing the physiological action and uses of the different drugs in their passage through the body, from their first contact with it locally until they are eliminated in the secretion. In the part of the manual devoted to General Therapeutics he has further departed from the ordinary arrangement, by discussing the actions and uses of remedies, not under the headings of artificial groups, but of the physiological systems of the body - digestion, respiration, etc., so as to conduct the student from facts with which he is familiar to the great principles of treatment. In using the book, the first year's student is recommended to confine his attention to the Materia Medica proper; and under the action and uses of the drugs, to read only the words printed in thick type.
The author gratefully acknowledges the valuable assistance which he has received in the preparation of 'the work from his friends Dr. Quain, Dr. Lauder Brunton, and Dr. Frederick Roberts; from his brother, Dr. William Bruce of Dingwall: from Mr. Woodhouse Braine, who kindly sketched the section on the use of anaesthetics; and especially from his friend and former class-assistant, Mr. A. C. N. Goldney, who has relieved him of much labour by superintending the pharmaceutical portions, drawing up lists, and compiling the index.
The many standard treatises on Materia Medica and Therapeutics in this and other countries have been freely consulted, especially Nothnagel and Ross-bach's "Arzneimittellehre," Husemann's "Arzneimittellehre," the works of Wood and Bartholow, and the useful volumes of Squire and Martindale.
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