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August 28, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(9):427-429. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440350025001e

Considering the great importance of diastase as a therapeutic agent, it is certainly to be regretted that, up to this time, no uniform test has been agreed on for determining its starch-converting power. My purpose in presenting this subject before the Section is to ask your attention to this fact, and to suggest that a committee be appointed to present the matter before the United States Pharmacopeia Revision Committee, with the hope that the next edition of this work will contain a test which can be adopted as a standard and prevent the confusion now existing. It is a great misfortune that we have no uniform diastase test, and we should urge upon the committee that all of the tests now used by various chemists and manufacturers of diastasic products be carefully examined into and the best test adopted as a standard.

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