January 11, 1908

The British Pharmaceutical Codex, an Imperial Dispensatory for the Use of Medical Practitioners and Pharmacists

JAMA. 1908;L(2):143. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530280059027

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The British Pharmaceutical Codex is to Great Britain and its colonies what the American dispensatories are to the United States. It differs from the American dispensatories in that, while these are published by individual interests, the British Pharmaceutical Codex is published by the authority of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. While, in American dispensatories, much space is given to the actions and uses of drugs by quoting, often at random, from medical publications, the preface to the codex states that these are not mere excerpts from medical literature, "but original and concise descriptions of physiologic action which should assist medical practitioners to formulate a rational therapy without encouraging counter-prescribing." The latter part of this quotation is interesting in that it emphasizes that in Great Britain the relation of physicians to pharmacists is under discussion as it is in this country. As in this country, so the

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