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The decennial convention for the revision of the U. S. Pharmacopœia meets in Washington, D. C, in May, 1890. This matter of a Pharmacopœia and its periodical revision is of greater importance to physicians than is generally supposed. The Pharmacopœia is the authoritative guide to the pharmacist for the selection of drugs and the making of preparations from drugs. It contains such as are considered by this convention of sufficient importance to justify official sanction, and each ten years those which have not stood the test of experience are dropped, and others that within that time have been discovered to be of decided value are added.
The idea prevails much too generally in the medical profession that the Pharmacopœia is a book that belongs to the pharmacists per se, and I fear a large number of physicians have rather a confused idea as to what this book is. Many, I
PRENTISS D. THE PHARMACOPŒIA OF 1890.Read in the Section of the Practice of Medicine, Materia Medica and Physiology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Newport, June, 1889.. JAMA. 1890;XIV(16):571–572. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410160015001d