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This work represents an attempt to present for the physician, pharmacist or student an index of the nonpharmacopeial medicinal and other preparations which have found more or less favor in the practice of therapeutics. The therapeutic agents described therein are presented with varying details as to their composition, action and uses, how supplied and administration.
The first edition appeared in 1934 and contained descriptions of eight thousand, one hundred and sixty agents. In the foreword appeared the statements "This treatise is designed to meet the demand of the progressive physician for information concerning the most modern therapeutic agencies placed at his command by research laboratories" and "It presents without bias or comment all the popular nonpharmacopeial preparations and other remedies found useful in the treatment of disease." More than one preparation which the book described has been the subject of unfavorable reports by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry and
Modern Drug Encyclopedia and Therapeutic Guide Presenting Descriptions of 11,114 Modern, Nonpharmacopeal, Ethical Medicinal Preparations in 15,629 Forms, Comprising: 3,421 Drugs and Chemicals, 663 Biologicals, 691 Endocrines, 2,270 Ampoule Medicaments, 3,190 Individual and Group Allergens and 879 Miscellaneous Products. JAMA. 1941;116(18):2121-2122. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180127031