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June 29, 1912

Digest of Comments on the Pharmacopeia of the United States of America (Eighth Decennial Revision), and on the National Formulary (Third Edition) for 1909.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(26):2055. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060408029

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The scope of the "Digest of Comments" has been indicated in The Journal in the reviews of previous volumes. As an illustration of the material of value to physicians which is contained in the Digest the following paragraphs of therapeutic interest have been selected:

An editorial (The Journal, Nov. 27, 1909, p. 1820) on worthless drugs, calls attention to the report of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry (ibid., p. 1836) on echinacea, a drug which is the chief constituent of a number of nostrums for which ridiculous claims are made, and the article shows, in a striking manner, on what feeble evidence the asserted virtues of the nostrums containing this drug are based.

A. Waldo Forbush asserts that Echinacea angustifolia is a rapid drug and is rapidly coining into prominence. He states that this drug actively opposes septic tendencies, blood deterioration, stimulates the glandular organs, and actively influences secretion

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