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August 19, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(8):282. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420600032007

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The Chemist and Druggist, July 29, treats briefly of an apparent downward tendency in the pharmacy of this country. It implies that while there are still men of high caliber in the front ranks, the days of "the Parrishes and Procters are ended." The rank and file are not satisfactory, chiefly because the door of entry into that department of life work is too wide and too easy, and also because there are too many stores. Competition is too great to enable good workmen to sustain themselves.

Another fault is found in the loose organization of boards of pharmacy; and the latter are or may be so administered that their qualifying examinations are far from being a test of sound professional knowledge. The remuneration to be obtained by the members of such boards is commonly quite inadequate to command the services of the best men.

"Some teachers, a few examiners,

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