Academic journal article et Cetera

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th Edition

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th Edition

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Mark H. Beers and Robert Berkow. The Merck Manual of Diag nosis and Therapy, 17th Edition. Whitehouse Station, New Jersey: Merck Research Laboratories, 1999.

The Merck Manual is the oldest continuously published general medical textbook in the English language and this edition marks its centennial anniversary. For this anniversary the publishers provide a facsimile first edition free to purchasers of the new edition.

The first edition, published in 1899 under the title Merck's Manual of Modern Medicine, was a 192 page book based on the United States Pharmacopoeia. The Manual listed in alphabetical order every agent then thought to be of therapeutic value, with a description of each agent's properties and doses. Interestingly, while almost all of the drugs listed have been replaced by more effective remedies, some, such as atropine, digitalis, chloral hydrate, codeine, and quinidine, are still used today. Also, while the use of drugs we recognize mostly as poisons today, such as strychnine and arsenic, were surprisingly common in the first edition, we still use several "poisons," especially in treating cancer. In an essay reviewing the first edition, Dr. Harold J. Morowitz

observed that it listed an extraordinary number of treatments of little or no value for most diseases. For example, after noting 75 treatments far diphtheria and 96 for gonorrhea, none of which was effective, he commented, ". …

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