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December 12, 1908

THE PHARMACOPEIA AS THE STANDARD FOR MEDICAL PRESCRIBING.

JAMA. 1908;LI(24):2013-2018. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410240001001
Abstract

I was requested to discuss a subject which has been much agitated of late, namely, "The United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary as Text-books in Medical Schools." Taking the title "text-books" literally, my answer would be a very brief negative, for the strictly technical reason that the functions of a reference book and of a text-book are to a certain degree incompatible. The Pharmacopeia must be a book of reference, and can yield this function to no other. I will refer only to the matter of the alphabetic arrangement, which is so eminently impractical in a text-book; but there are many other points which are even more important.

After all, however, the question which really interests the profession is not whether these books should be studied in the original text and binding, but rather, whether they can and should serve as the main or exclusive basis of instruction in materia

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