September 26, 1896

A Manual of Materia Medica and Pharmacology. Comprising all Organic and Inorganic Drugs, which are and have been Official in the United States Pharmacopeia, together with important Allied Species and Useful Synthetics. For Students of Medicine, Druggists, Pharmacists and Physicians.

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By David M. R. Culbreth, M.D., Professor of Botany, Materia Medica and Pharmacognosy in the Maryland College of Pharmacy, Baltimore. In one handsome octavo volume of 812 pages, with 445 illustrations. Cloth, $4.75. Philadelphia and New York: Lea Brothers & Co., publishers. 1896.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):718. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910048012

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This work treats of official drugs; those once official and subsequently dropped; allied species of organic drugs and the unofficial synthetic compounds. The work is thus seen to cover a somewhat different field from the ordinary work on materia medica. Botany has been fully drawn upon in the description of medicinal plants, and the illustrations are superb. We think the author has made a serious mistake in ignoring the Centigrade thermometric scale and the metric system of dosage. The author says this was not done to disparage the metric system but because the old apothecaries weight is still universally used. This will indeed be news to the Committee on Revision of the Pharmacopeia. If all books were constructed on this principle no reform could ever be effected, or any advance made in the methods of scientific knowledge. We regret this the more as the step is deliberately taken in the

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