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Martindale: The extra pharmacopeia (29th ed)

Article in Gut · December 1989


DOI: 10.1136/gut.30.12.1804 · Source: PubMed Central

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the use of oral bile acid therapy, mechanical and clear that there must have been some skilful editing
contact solvent dissolution by the experts in each by Dr Reynolds and his team. The British gastro-
field. There is well balanced discussion of the implica- enterologist will find every drug in his
tions of new non-surgical approaches to gall stone armamentarium in these pages including omeprazole,
disease, predictions about the future of these techni- famotidine, nizatidine, and cisapride, but also drugs
ques and a final section on the number of manufac- that for one reason or another, have not reached this
turers of lithotripters with helpful technical details. country such as alizopride, bromopride, and
Overall this is an excellent summary of the place clebopride. But you don't use Martindale to read
and the results of gall stone lithotripsy in its many about the drugs that you use; it is here that you can
forms and will no doubt form the first of a series of find out about the drugs of which you know little or
such publications resulting from future international nothing, and there is no comparable reference source
symposia. known to this reviewer. It is not just a comprehensive
This is essential reading for any clinician, investi- compendium, it is a work of considerable scholarship.
gator, basic scientist or medical administrator There is now an electronic version of the book which
currently who are likely to be involved with the non- will appeal to some, and will be useful for updates.
surgical management of patients with gall stone For others, no keyboard and screen can compensate
disease. This book heralds the beginning of a new era for a book as well produced as this; the weight of
in gall stone treatment. information requires india paper and a small type-
D L CARR-LOCKE face, but it is legible throughout. If computers had
preceded books, the luxury of turning pages as well
Martindale: The extra pharmacopeia (29th ed). produced as this would have seemed a revolutionary
Edited by J E F Reynolds. (Pp. 1896; not illustrated; advance on the clackety-clack of the keyboard and
£95.) London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1989. the inane interrogation of interactive programmes.
At 1896 pages, the 29th Martindale is slightly shorter There's no need to recommend a work as established
than its predecessor; taking into account the activity as this, but it's a pleasure to do so.
of the pharmaceutical industry during that time, it is DAVID WINGATE

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