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December 7, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(23):2016. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810490072022

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To the Editor:—  A note in Science of October 25, page 373, calls attention to the fact that important changes in medical prescribing in Great Britain are recommended by an official medical committee. Among the drugs said to be "in frequent use" and which are now hard to obtain are balsam of tolu, buchu leaves, calumba root, black catechu, gelsemium root, jalap and seneca root. Why these and many other antique galenicals and proprietary remedies are still used by British physicians is difficult to understand unless it is on the basis of steadfast British tradition. If the present war has no other good effect, it may at least serve to renovate some time worn habits in British therapeusis.

Note.—  The Epitome of the Pharmacopeia and National Formulary, 1940 edition, published under the authorization of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association, makes the following succinct comments

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