A Text-Book of Materia Medica for Nurses

George P. Paul

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A Text-Book of Materia Medica for Nurses - George P. Paul

Excerpt from A Text-Book of Materia Medica for Nurses: Including Therapeutics and Toxicology

In the preparation and compilation of a book on this subject for the nurse many difficulties are encountered as to the knowledge to be incorporated in the text and that which should be omitted.

The author has essayed to use only such material as will be of aid to the reader, and has arranged the text in such a manner as he thinks will best meet the demands of the nurse.

The subject matter is arranged in six parts. Part I. consists of General Considerations, which will be found of great importance before beginning the study of the individual drugs. To Part II. special attention is directed. The drugs of this section are those of a recognized value. They are arranged alphabetically for convenience and, as the author believes, the proper way, as it is impossible to properly classify drugs according to their action, as the majority of drugs have several equally important actions. The physiologic action of the drug is arranged according to the action of the drug and not the organ acted upon, thus, with a glance, the full action of the drug may be seen. Another characteristic of the text is the section on Pretoxic Signs or the warnings of the full action or the beginning toxic effects of the drug, which, if heeded, may prevent many cases of drug poisoning.

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