In the early days of the European war this country was brought to a realization of the extent to which it had become dependent on foreign sources for the supply of crude drugs. Much was written about the efforts that should be made to avert the threatened drug famine by seeking unanticipated sources of supply as well as by prompt stimulation of the cultivation of medicinal plants. It was easy for the untutored propagandist to recall "the good old days" when home gardens not infrequently contained a variety of herbs that enjoyed popularity as healing agents and when the fields and forests were recognized as sources of plants of reputed medicinal value. Two or three years ago much was even said about the patriotic duty of growing drug plants.
The existence of a drug crisis after the summer of 1914 need no longer be dwelt on. Now that the prospect
THE PRODUCTION OF DRUG PLANTS IN THE UNITED STATES. JAMA. 1918;71(23):1916–1917. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600490048014
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