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September 4, 1897

PHARMACEUTIC CHEMISTRY, PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACO-PHYSICS THE NATURAL STEPPING-STONES TO SCIENTIFIC MEDICINE.

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BALTIMORE. MD.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(10):471-472. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440360015002d

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Abstract

Before entering upon a discussion of the subjects embraced by all the above caption, it might not be out of place to make clear what the exact meaning of the terminology that will come up for consideration is. Some little confusion has arisen recently, because of the double use of the word pharmacology, and the dictionaries do not help us out in the matter. They define pharmacology as the study of drugs both as to their recognition, properties and therapy. In other words, it is a general term for the study of drugs and their therapy, or a combination of pharmacy, the science of compounding drugs, with materia medica, the description of drugs and their medicinal effect. This is in accordance with the derivation of the word, which is made up of the Greek words, pharmakon and logos, meaning a discourse on or a study of drugs. However, the word

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