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March 31, 1894

The Dispensatory of the United States of America.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(13):481. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420920037018

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This well-known and standard treatise needs no introduction to the readers of the Journal. When a book has passed to its seventeenth edition it has passed beyond the power of the reviewer to affect its standing. It therefore only remains to inquire how fully the last edition has kept pace with the advance of pharmacy since the issue of its immediate predecessors which have justly made the work famous. In this respect we can truly say that no pains have been spared to insure accuracy and completeness. It is somewhat unfortunate that the metric or decimal system should be given a secondary place in giving the doses of drugs, and this conservatism seems to have no reasonable excuse, inasmuch as the "National Dispensatory" and the Pharmacopæia itself practically recognized no other system. Notwithstanding this defect, the book will continue to be as it has in the past the standard authority

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