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October 4, 1913


Author Affiliations

Professor of Therapeutics at Yale; Vice-President of Pharmacopeial Convention NEW HAVEN, CONN.

JAMA. 1913;61(14):1289-1293. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350150045014

This paper is to complete the series of three which I have recently written on the subject of a better, more limited Pharmacopeia.1

I seriously question the advisability of including the following mixtures in the next Pharmacopeia, on the ground that many of the ingredients are needless and useless, and, in fact, that these multiple mixtures are unscientific. The preparations in questions are:

Elixir adjuvans.

Elixir ferri, quininae et strychninae phosphatum.

Extractum colocynthidis compositum.

Infusum sennae compositum (black draught).

Liquor ferri et ammonii acetatis (Basham's mixture).

Liquor sodii phosphatis compositus.

Massa hydrargyri.

Mistura glycyrrhizae composita (brown mixture).

Mistura rhei et sodae.

Pilulae catharticae compositae.

Pulvis aromaticus.

Pulvis cretae compositus.

Syrupus hypophosphitum compositus.

Syrupus sarsaparillae compositus.

Syrupus scillae compositus.

Tinctura benzoini composita.

Tincture lavandulae composita.

This is the age in which we are analyzing and criticizing everything in the therapeutic line, and why should we accept as gospel, and as above

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