November 1, 1952

Pharmacopoea internationalis Volumen I. International Pharmacopoeia, Volume I.

JAMA. 1952;150(9):957. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680090121032

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The first edition of this pharmacopeia is similar in form and content to many present-day national pharmacopeias. Standards and specifications for approximately 200 drugs, including necessities, are presented in a clear and concise fashion. In some instances tests and standards are more complete and detailed than those that appear in the "Pharmacopeia of the United States." The names of drugs are in Latin, the traditional language of medicine and pharmacy.

The therapeutic agents listed in this volume are well known and of recognized value. It is noteworthy, however, that none of the antibiotics are included. Undoubtedly, some of these agents will appear in a subsequent volume. A table of usual and maximal doses of the various drugs appears in an appendix.

Uniformity in the nomenclature as well as the strength, quality, and purity of drugs is desirable in view of the ever increasing amount of world travel. This is also

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