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August 24, 1918


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Bryn Mawr, Pa.

JAMA. 1918;71(8):682. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600340074024

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To the Editor:  —In an attempt to reduce the drug bills at the Bryn Mawr Hospital, the following experiment has been tried:A list of all the stock on hand was prepared by the night nurses, and it was found that there were, for the seventy beds, about 650 articles on the medicine shelves. This list, of course, included many duplicates or different preparations of the same drugs, as digitalis, and many different strengths of the same drug, for example, eight preparations of calomel in various denominations and in combination with various amounts of soda. There were also many special preparations that had been used a few times in the remote past and had been untouched since.A list of drugs that seemed an irreducible minimum was then prepared, the editorial on "Sodium versus Potassium" (The Journal, June 1, 1918, p. 1601) being borne in mind, and submitted to the

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