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August 20, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(8):664-665. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740600056021

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The New Edition of the British Pharmacopeia  The new edition of the British pharmacopeia is larger than the edition of 1914, containing 763 pages against 633, and several important changes have been made. A new feature is the addition after the doses of the important drugs of notes for prescribers, giving the amount of active principle in the minimum dose. With the object of simplifying prescribing, it is recommended that the symbol [unk], which has been used to represent 60 grains and also a fluidrachm, and the symbol [unk], used to represent 480 grains, sometimes 437½ grains and also a fluidounce, should be discontinued, and that instead solids should be prescribed in grains and ounces (oz., 437½ grains) and liquids in minims (♏) and fluidounces (fl. oz.) and that quantities should be written in Arabic instead of in the much used Roman numerals. To avoid the possibility of confusion between

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