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A few decades ago it was considered heretical for the Pharmacopeia to have any assays other than chemical. Today no modern work dealing with determinations of the potency of drugs is complete without the assays of those indefinite but active mixtures so widely used in medicine, such as digitalis, pituitary and ergot. The important place that has been assumed by bio-assays is revealed in the issuance of this book of nearly a thousand pages dealing with only that portion of pharmacology. The book cannot be classed with such critical works on pharmacology as those of Cushny, Edmunds and Gunn, and Sollmann. It should be looked on in much the same relation to the pharmacologic library as Beilstein is looked on by chemists. It is a compilation that required a prodigious amount of bibliographic work. In the descriptions, the various methods of bio-assays are briefly given with complete references to the
Bioassays: A Handbook of Quantitative Pharmacology. JAMA. 1931;97(15):1097–1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730150053030
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