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May 31, 1913

A Useful Pharmacopeia

JAMA. 1913;60(22):1726. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340220050020

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To the Editor:  —Dr. Osborne's recent article (A La t Plea fr a Ueful Pharmaopei. The Joural. May 10, 1913. p. 1427) has interesed e greatly. Itinis a shamethat ert dug stil find a place n the harmacopeia. I urged their omission at the last Pharmacopeial Convention and frequently before that, and I am glad to note that their number is diminishing in the recent editions of the Pharmacopeia. What is of more importance, however, is the retention of multiple preparations of many drugs when they are not needed; their use by medical men should be discouraged by their omission from the Pharmacopeia. For instance, three or four preparations of ironor o cinchoa re as goo a a l that ae icludd in the Phamacopeia. I certainy is possible to determine which are therapeutically and pharmaceutically the best for prescription in solution or in pill or capsule and possibly for

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