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December 20, 1924

Essentials of Prescription Writing.

JAMA. 1924;83(25):2042. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660250080037

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This is intended to provide the student of medicine with a succinct, yet sufficient, treatment of the subject of prescription writing. In the present revision the discussion of Latin grammar has been somewhat amplified. The influence of the Volstead Act on the writing of prescriptions is discussed briefly, and a list has been included showing those official preparations which cannot be prescribed without a permit unless they have active medicinal substances added. The number of practice prescriptions has been doubled. It may be noted that sixty-six pages, or almost half of the little book, is taken up with Latin construction and a consideration of weights and measures. This is not excessive, if a student who does not know Latin or weights and measures is to write Latin prescriptions. But is it really worth while to take so much time for the teaching of an archaic form of expression, leaving so

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