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December 23, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(26):2323. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800510044012

The Journal on previous occasions has criticized the machinery for the production of the U. S. Pharmacopeia, pointing out that the decennial convention occasionally has been controlled unduly by the pharmaceutic interests.1 That the criticism is cogent may be confirmed easily when one refers to the proceedings of the 1930 convention. Medicine has not received its just representation because fewer physicians than pharmaceutic representatives have been appointed for the decennial convention. While it is true that each incorporated state medical association and each incorporated medical college and each medical school connected with an incorporated college or university is entitled to send three delegates to the Pharmacopeial Convention, state medical societies and medical colleges hesitate to incur the expense of sending three delegates. For that reason the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry and The Journal have suggested2 that the evils