It seems particularly appropriate at this time, when so much attention is being given to the decennial revision of the National Pharmacopeia, to take special notice of the progress which we have made along therapeutic lines during the past ten years, and try to note some of the lines along which future progress will probably occur, and some of the reasons why our progress has not been more rapid in the past.
We are obliged to confess at the outset that scientific therapeutics is to-day far behind all other branches of medical science. The cause is not far to find. The almost farcical teaching of materia medica and therapeutics, even in our best medical schools, gives us every year thousands of men appallingly ignorant of the physical and therapeutic properties of our most common drugs, yet well versed in other branches.
Again, our progress has been retarded because of the
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