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The preface states that "the chief aim of the work is the provision of accurate information for prescribers and dispensers . . ." The first edition appeared in 1907. The present edition is divided into two parts; the first, or dispensatory portion, comprising 1,100 pages, is devoted to monographs on drugs of vegetable and animal origin, and others dealing with chemical substances used in medicine. In the case of crude drugs the botanic or zoologic, geographic and commercial sources are stated. For all drugs the methods of collecting, preparing or manufacturing, their physical properties, actions and therapeutic uses, modes of administration, antidotal treatment (if poisonous), incompatibilities, etc., are tersely given. The principal preparations of the important drugs are described and attention is frequently called to the reputed composition of medicines sold under trade names. The second, or formulary portion, comprising 337 pages, is made up of formulas for a large number of medicinal
The British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1911. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(12):886–887. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030284036
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