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October 15, 1932

PROFESSOR PUCKNER AND THE COUNCIL ON PHARMACY AND CHEMISTRY

JAMA. 1932;99(16):1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740680050014

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Abstract

The death of Prof. William A. Puckner on October 1, after more than twenty-six years of service as Secretary of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry, marked an epoch in the work of that body. A brief note concerning his career was published in The Journal last week. In February, 1905, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution creating the Council, and Professor Puckner took office as Secretary on March 1, 1906. It is interesting to realize that three of the members of the Council at its inception—namely, Drs. George H. Simmons, Torald Sollmann and Robert Hatcher—are still members of that body and that they with Professor Puckner were a vital force in its activities during its first quarter century. It is needless to recapitulate the many vital functions that the Council has fulfilled. It has aided in the elimination of secrecy in medical prescription; it has discouraged misleading statements;

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