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October 22, 1910

A Restricted Materia Medica List

JAMA. 1910;55(17):1488-1489. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330170068027

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To the Editor:—  The action of the National Confederation of State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards in advising the restriction of materia medica examinations to a comparatively small number of drugs is to be highly commended. It is certainly better to know one hundred drugs well than to know one thousand badly. You are of course right in your assumption that the list will hardly please everybody. I cannot truthfully say that it pleases me absolutely; for in my opinion it contains some drugs which in a restricted list might as well be omitted, and it does not contain some drugs which are of sufficient importance to be contained even in a select list. But this is not the point of this letter. The point is a mild criticism of the classification of the drugs. Emanating from such a high body greater care should have been taken in classifying the

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