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The authors and editors have exerted every effort to ensure that the selection, use and dosing of drugs set forth in this textbook are in accordance with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in federal regulatory guidelines, newly published reports and changing information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to review the package insert for each drug for any change in indications, dosing, warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended treatment is a new or infrequently employed drug.
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