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August 12, 1939

The Microscopical Study of Drugs

JAMA. 1939;113(7):621. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800320073038

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Pharmacognosy as a separate branch of pharmacy has lost ground in schools of pharmacy during the last twenty-five years. Rarely is a pharmaceutic chemist nowadays called on to identify botanic drugs. This task is left to the expert possessing the necessary technical and practical experience. To demonstrate, however, to the pharmacy student the methods used in the microscopic study of drugs the author has selected a number of well chosen examples in the laboratory outline. In this way the student interested in pharmacognosy becomes acquainted with practical problems of the pharmacognosist. The text is clear and well suited for self study, but one might have wished for the inclusion of a list of larger reference compendiums to stimulate the more industrious student during his laboratory work.

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