This is the subject that was given me by the program committee, for elucidation, elaboration or extension, hence it is not of my choosing, but the subject interests me and I hope I may interest you.
We are in the midst of an energetic endeavor to stimulate the medical schools to teach better therapeutics, to teach the students to write better prescriptions, and to give them a better understanding of the orthodox drugs and the possibilities derived from their use. It is also the object of this section, and all therapeutic societies, to present to practitioners the necessity for a better understanding of the United States Pharmacopeia and the National Formulary so that the ordering of preparations whose exact constituency is not known may become a disgrace of the past and not a perpetuity of the carelessness or ignorance of the present.
That it is utterly unimportant to the patient
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