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December 26, 1942

Formulary and Handbook, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

JAMA. 1942;120(17):1439. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830520089031

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This booklet is just what it purports to be. It is prepared to familiarize the staff of the hospital with the various medicaments that are available from the pharmacy. The basis of admission of substances to the formulary are said to be therapeutic efficacy, simplicity and availability. The booklet is exceedingly practical, and one finds few of the complex formulas which in a previous generation would have been the chief items in such a list. There is still, however, a complicated formula for a douche powder, and innumerable complicated formulas are used in diseases of the skin. A casual survey shows no preparations from the National Formulary and, indeed, relatively few from any sources except the United States Pharmacopeia and New and Nonofficial Remedies.

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