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August 29, 1936

The Medical Formulary and Prescription Manual: A Treatise on Prescriptions and Prescription Writing

JAMA. 1936;107(9):741. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770350109041

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This little volume contains a great deal of valuable information on the prescription and compounding of medicinal agents. It includes, in addition to descriptive material and tables of various kinds, 957 separate preparations. Even allowing for duplication in different dosage forms of the same drug, the number of remedies in this formulary surely exceeds the necessities of rational therapeutics. Many irrational mixtures are included; the section on glandular preparations, which contains such preparations as "Tablet of Pineal Gland" and "Tablet of Suprarenal Gland," is particularly objectionable. It is not clear why almost the whole range of therapeutic substances should be covered separately as "Diabetic Medicinal Preparations." The prescriptions are numbered consecutively throughout the book; this leads readily to prescribing by number, a hazardous practice which has caused many accidents. It is hoped that in future revisions of this volume the objectionable features will be eliminated (the author might with benefit

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