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May 9, 1885

LETTER FROM PARIS.

JAMA. 1885;IV(19):523-524. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390940019009

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Abstract

Professor Sée on Prescription Writing—The Alcohol Treatment of Pneumonia—Cocaine—Death of Dr. Bovell-Sturge.

Professor Germain See lately delivered a very interesting lecture at his clinic at the Hôtel Dieu, on the importance of writing out prescriptions properly. A prescription, he said, should be based on physiological and therapeutical science; but how many physicians simply copy the formula of some specialty without stopping to inquire whether it would be suited or not to the case they are called upon to treat. He has therefore found it expedient to institute a course of lectures on what he termed clinical therapeutics.

He proposed treating of the subject as follows: 1. The art of formulating, which concerns the pharmacien; 2. The art of prescribing, which interests the patient himself, and instructs him as to when and how he should employ his remedies; 3. The art of dosing, which is more a

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