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January 15, 1910

SOME PROBLEMS OF PHARMACOPEIAL REVISIONCHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON PHARMACOLOGY AND THERAPEUTICS AT THE SIXTIETH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 1909

JAMA. 1910;LIV(3):173-175. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550290001001
Abstract

In considering any phase of this subject, it should be remembered that never before have so many and in some respects such diverse interests been involved in the contents of the Pharmacopeia as at present. This has become the standard for importers of drugs, for manufacturers of not only the preparations used in medicine, but for all kinds of specialties, and proprietary medicines, chemicals, and flavoring extracts, for wholesale and retail druggists, and for officials engaged in the enforcement of pure food, drug, and pharmacy laws. It is assuming the character of a great commercial standard and a text-book of analytical chemistry combined, and has already expanded into a work very different from what its founders anticipated.

The purpose of a pharmacopeia and the parts the physician and pharmacist should take in its preparation was formulated as follows more than a hundred years ago by Drs. James Jackson and J.

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