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June 12, 1937

The Extra Pharmacopœia (Martindale). Volume I

JAMA. 1937;108(24):2067-2068. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780240059028

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The first edition of Martindale's Extra Pharmacopeia appeared in 1883 and since 1912 it has appeared in two volumes. Volume I is devoted mainly to treatment with drugs and chemicals. Volume II, which has always been less popular, is concerned with matters of diagnosis, analysis, assay and "divers subjects—which could not be included in the first volume." It is an extensive compendium of therapeutic agents employed in England and the British Empire. There is no exact counter-part published in this country. It deals primarily with the preparations found in the British Pharmacopeia and the British Pharmaceutical Codex but differs essentially from the latter in not being an official publication in any sense of the word. Therapeutic description of each item consists in most cases of a preliminary paragraph followed by brief excerpts from the current literature. Preparations are designated as being included in various English formularies or in the official

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