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October 17, 1914

The Art of Compounding. A Text-Book for Students and a Reference Book for Pharmacists at the Prescription Counter.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(16):1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570160079038

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This book is intended as a text for students in pharmacy and as a reference work for pharmacists at the prescription counter. Chapters are devoted to the prescription, nomenclature, mixtures, incompatibilities, sterilization and disinfection, biologic products, and the various forms in which pharmaceuticals are dispensed—such as emulsions, pills, tablets, ointments, suppositories, etc. The directions for pharmaceutical manufacturing processes are brief but for the most part clear. While intended primarily for students in pharmacy, the book should prove useful to a physician who dispenses if he has not taken a course in pharmacy. Little pitfalls which the dispenser is constantly liable to meet are pointed out and methods for overcoming them when encountered are discussed. In some respects the work is not up to date. For example, in the discussion of enteric coatings no reference is made to the formaldehyd-gelatin combination which has come into use of late years.

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