The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:487. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-6-487_2
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Few books can be called indispensable in a library serving reference needs; The Merck Index is one. Although its customers are mainly among organic, biochemical, and pharmaceutic chemists, it should be available to all physicians, notably medical authors, who need to be able to check on the names of drugs, chemical structures, other chemical characteristics, and other substances of medical importance. Typical entries also carry trade names and references to a few carefully selected major review articles. This new edition has kept up with recent advances, for example, the agents used in therapy for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and synthetic
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