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November 12, 1927

Pharmaceutical Botany. A Text Book of College Botany with Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications. Especially Adapted for the Use of Students of Pharmacy and Medicine and as a Reference for Pharmacists, Chemists and Students in Structural and Systematic Botany.

JAMA. 1927;89(20):1715. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690200067034

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This is a brief but rather thoroughgoing study of botany to serve as an introduction to pharmacognosy and materia medica. After a description of the microscopic and histologic technic, the author devotes an interesting chapter to the life history of the male fern as an intermediate type of plant. He then takes up vegetable cytology, with frequent references to the physiology and chemistry of plants. Plant tissues in general and then the root, the bud, the stem, the leaf, flowers, fruit and seed are taken up in turn. Approximately the second half of the book is devoted to a study of the classification of plants, the official drugs being featured throughout as examples, frequently accompanied by good illustrations. One cannot help wishing, from the standpoint of the overworked pharmacy student not well grounded in Greek, that botanists were less prolific with their Greek nomenclature and less insistant that students assimilate

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