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Relief of Symptoms

Louis Lasagna, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(3):369-370. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620150119018.
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Dr. Modell has the background and experience for writing an excellent book on the relief of symptoms. Why, then, is this book disappointing? Perhaps a review of its faults may explain the paradox:

  1. The material is poorly edited. One finds non sequiturs, clumsy phrases, and repetitiousness (plus more than a few typographical mistakes not caught in proof).

  2. There are a fair number of errors of fact, and a good many statements which seem highly questionable. Examples: (a) Benzedrine is not "l-amphetamine"; (b) Preludin and Meratran really aren't "amphetamines"; (c) the development of tolerance to barbiturates is really not "unsettled"; it occurs without question under certain circumstances; (d) codeine can depress the respiratory center; (e) pentobarbital and secobarbital should not be differentially classified, in view of their essential similarity; (f) ephedrine and amphetamine are hardly "potent" MAO inhibitors; (g) the decrease in appetite after amphetamine is certainly not a


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