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November 16, 1907

Pharmacology and the Application of Science to Therapeutics Abroad.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1690-1692. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200048015

[We have received from Dr. Reid Hunt, of Washington, a member of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry, a personal letter containing some notes on his observations during a recent European trip concerning the progress of pharmacology abroad. We publish, with his permission, the following extracts.—Ed.].

I was especially impressed with what seems to be a tendency in Germany to devote less attention to the search for curative sera and more to that for new drugs of definite chemical composition. Thus at Ehrlich's laboratory at Frankfort, so famous for its researches on immunity, especial emphasis is now laid on work with such drugs. This laboratory has recently received an endowment of about $250,000, and Professor Ehrlich used the entire sum in founding the "Georg Speyer Haus," a laboratory devoted exclusively to the study of "chemical therapeutics," i. e., to the cure of disease by drugs of definite chemical composition.

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