September 17, 1927

A Facsimile of the First Edition of the Pharmacopoeia Augustana.

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With Introductory Essays by Theodor Husemann. Boards. Pp. 259. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1927.

JAMA. 1927;89(12):989. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690120065039

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The Hollister Pharmaceutical Library Fund of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin provides this facsimile of the first edition of the Augsburg Pharmacopeia, one of the earliest European pharmacopeias and the one that possibly exercised the greatest influence on later pharmacopeias. It no doubt influenced the compilers of the London Pharmacopeia, later editions of which, in turn, served as a direct guide to the early compilers of the United States Pharmacopeia. As is well known, three German cities introduced in the sixteenth century legal standards for compounded and simple medicaments. In 1535 Nuremberg introduced the pharmacopeia that had been compiled by Valerius Cordus and approved by Nuremberg physicians. About thirty years later Augsburg and Cologne followed almost simultaneously the example of Nuremberg. As the pharmacopeias of these two cities, indeed all later pharmacopeias, have been based on the "Dispensatory" of Cordus, the Nuremberg Pharmacopeia has received much more attention than

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