It is, perhaps, somewhat of a surprise, certainly a pleasure, to open a textbook, entitled "The Principles of Therapeutics," and discover that only about two thirds of the text is devoted to drug therapy, while the remainder presents a consideration of therapeutic measures which are not dependent essentially on the administration of drugs The book is intended to give the advanced student the data which he must necessarily know in order to understand the objects of scientific treatment of disease, but the plan is admittedly comprehensive and it is only by condensation and concentration that it is possible to include such a wide field in a textbook of 835 pages.
An attempt has been made to present the subject in as practical a manner as possible. The book is divided into fifteen parts, with several sections. Part I considers the art of writing prescriptions. Part II is devoted to a