Plain Pharmacology

Marquis, V.O (1979-03-20)


Pharmacology is the science that deals with drugs, and a drug is substance used in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease in man or other animals, and is derived from the French word, drogue - a dry herb or as put by Feldberg in 1929, 'a drug is something which when injected into a cat produces a scientific paper'. Pharmacology in its broadest sense embraces all the knowledge concerning drugs. The word pharmacology itself is derived from the Greek words pharmakon (drug) and logos (a discourse or treatise). Hence it includes such allied fields as: Pharmacy (Pharmaceutics) which deals with the art of preparing, compounding and dispensing medicines.