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The difficulties encountered by the authors in their effort to bring the arts of ointment prescribing and ointment making nearer the status of a science are set forth in the preface. Experiments in the laboratory were checked by trials on patients, and the utmost care was observed to make the tests accurate. The authors maintain that the question of ointment bases and their relation to absorption or diffusion of therapeutic agents presents a problem in which not only dermatologists but all physicians should interest themselves. The book is also intended to help the pharmacist, clarifying the borderland relations of pharmacognosy, pharmacology and the knowledge of colloids with pharmacy. It is offered as a bridge between the physician and the pharmacist, explaining to the latter why the physician under certain circumstances employs one ointment and in other cases needs an entirely different one.
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Salben und Salbengrundlagen: Ein Leitfaden für Ärzte und Apotheker. JAMA. 1940;115(13):1125. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810390065030
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