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The Development of American Pharmacology: John J. Abel and the Shaping of a Discipline
     

The Development of American Pharmacology: John J. Abel and the Shaping of a Discipline

by John Parascandola
 
The first comprehensive history of the emergence of the science of pharmacology as an independent discipline in the United States. Central to the story is John J. Abel ( 1857-1938 ), widely regarded as the 'father of American pharmacology.'

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The first comprehensive history of the emergence of the science of pharmacology as an independent discipline in the United States. Central to the story is John J. Abel ( 1857-1938 ), widely regarded as the 'father of American pharmacology.'

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Library Journal
Pharmacology has long struggled to rise above its origins in materia medica (the ancient term for the study of drugs) and to distinguish itself from physiology, biochemistry, and pharmaceuticals. Having studied in Germany, John J. Abel, ``the father of American pharmacology,'' launched a professional society and journal in 1908; pharmacology courses, degrees, and departments were established in medical schools. Because he disliked teaching and his research produced no major discoveries, Abel is remembered primarily as a mentor. Ultimately, FDA drug testing was pharmacology's greatest catalyst, but it still had to overcome the disdain of medical schools, academicians' contempt for those in private industry, and the ongoing territorial battles with biochemistry and within the field itself between cellular and ``whole body'' pharmacologists. Parascandola (chief, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine) has authored several articles on pharmaceutical history and on Abel. Although he takes more pains with names and dates than with such difficult issues as vivisection, his very readable institutional history is recommended for academic and medical libraries and for informed lay readers.-- Robert C. Moore, DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co. Information Svcs., Waltham, Mass.
Booknews
Traces the rise of pharmacology as a separate discipline in the US during the 19th century, pivoting on the career of the teacher Abel (1857-1938) who was instrumental in bringing German knowledge to his students and colleagues. Also notes the growth of the science outside of academia, and the establishment of a professional society and journal. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780801844164
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.85(d)

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