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To the Editor:—
We have noted with interest and pleasure the publication (The Journal, Oct. 8, 1910, p. 1302) of the list of drugs recommended for state board examinations. While we consider this list a good one, and hope to see it adopted by the various state boards, we wish to submit to you a list that might be interesting for various reasons. In the first place, it is of interest because of priority both in its conception and in its adoption. It was devised by the Committee on Pharmacology of the Chicago Medical Society in the winter of 1908, and has since been adopted by the Illinois State Board of Health to serve as a guide in the elaboration of its examination questions in materia medica and therapeutics. Secondly, it is of interest because of the similarity of the two lists, compiled originally by two entirely different bodies. These lists have later been compared and certain minor changes have been made in both in consequence. Thirdly, the therapeutic classification shows the reason for the choice of the agents included in the list, the aim having been to choose at least one typical member of each therapeutic group. Certain useful agents, such as syrup and glycerin, have been omitted because a fair knowledgeof their nature likely to form subjects of examination questions.
Haines WS, Fantus B, Hallberg CSN, Butler GF, Hoag JC. List of Drugs fir State Board Examinations. JAMA. 1910;55(18):1573–1574. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330180061024
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