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August 8, 1931

Annual Reprint of the Reports of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association for 1930 with the Comments That Have Appeared in The Journal.

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Cloth. Price, $1. Pp. 91. Chicago: American Medical Association, 1931.

JAMA. 1931;97(6):412. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730060050030

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A reading of any volume of the collected reports of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry leaves one with a lively impression of the critical fairness with which that distinguished body exercises its function of passing on the merits of the new preparations offered by manufacturers to the medical profession. Based on its admirable set of "Rules," which are the result of more than a quarter century of experience, the Council's decisions represent at once sound medical doctrine and open minded fairness to the manufacturer. If a given product is worthless, no words are minced in saying so; if it could be made acceptable, the manufacturer is shown what is necessary to accomplish this.

That the Council's rules do not operate to create a hidebound inflexible conservatism is shown by the critical open-mindedness of its preliminary reports on preparations which, while showing promise, are not yet sufficiently backed by clinical

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