Goodman and Gilman's the Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

Louis Lasagna, MD
JAMA. 1986;255(19):2678-2679. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370190162045.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


In 1940, the world of pharmacology was revolutionized by the appearance of the first edition of this now-classic text. Edited by Lou Goodman and Al Gilman, it was a joy to read and a beacon in the darkness for teachers, students, and practitioners. (I can recall physicians saying they kept it on their bedside table for their nightly reading and pleasure.)

The new edition remains a competently written and authoritative book, although it is now put together by 58 people instead of two, with the inevitable problems posed by such a division of labor. (One may envy the editors and the publishers the income from this best seller, but not the task of nagging recalcitrant authors with no respect for deadlines.)

One may question, however, as in recent editions, the wisdom of combining a textbook for students and a reference for physicians. Those of us who teach second-year medical students


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.