Any attempt by one author to adequately cover all of the areas encompassed by presentday pharmacology can be considered to be an impossible task. Dr. Goth has attempted to do this with the stipulation that the book's "primary aim continues to be the presentation of those aspects of pharmacology which are most meaningful to medical students and physicians." The weight given to this statement of objective will necessarily influence any review of the book.
This new edition is well written and includes a number of corrections and improvements over the first edition. The material is well organized and well presented. However, discussion is often quite limited and documentation is kept to a minimum for most chapters. This lack of documentation and the brevity of the text minimizes its usefulness to the graduate student and to the physician using it as a reference source. In a few instances where brief text