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1. Let the new Pharmacopeia contain only such drugs as are of positive therapeutic value.
If we are in the age of scientific beliefs and research. I cannot see how this preamble can be objected to by anyone. Certainly no one individual practitioner wishes to perpetuate a drug he considers valueless, or would use for a specific purpose one that he deemed valueless. In the abstract, then, no one could object to this resolution. Now as to what drugs are valueless : Here comes the crux of the whole discussion and perhaps the Waterloo of the recommendation ; and nothing will save it but to carry by storm Recommendation 2, viz. :
2. Let it be officially declared that when a drug or preparation of a drug that is not official in the Pharmacopeia of 1910 is prescribed, that the standard of purity and the method of preparation is that ordered in the last Pharmacopeia
OSBORNE OT. THE UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA FOR 1910HOW MAY IT BE CONSTRUCTED?. JAMA. 1910;LIV(19):1500–1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550450001001e
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