The United States Pharmacopeia occupies a unique position among the pharmacopeias of the world. Its authority is established throughout the country, mainly through the voluntary assent of the physicians and pharmacists of the United States.
It is true that the government is represented in the convention through the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Marine-Hospital Service, and the custom houses recognize the work in their regulations for the admission of drugs into the country; many of our state laws acknowledge the authority of the book by demanding a compliance with its established standards; but the fact remains that the work is not revised or published by the government, but through a representative body of physicians and pharmacists assembled in convention every ten years in the City of Washington.
The thoroughly republican method of reaching the consensus of opinion in both professions, in giving expression of these by the decennial revisions
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