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December 16, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(25):1869-1871. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510250035003

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INTRODUCTION.  The Pharmacopeia of the United States of America has been the generally accepted authority and the professed guide of American medical men, in matters therapeutic and pharmaceutic, for over eighty-five years. Since the publication of the first edition, in 1820, the book has undergone eight decennial revisions and to-day it is universally accepted as being the peer of authoritative books of its kind, for its scientific accuracy as well as for the general excellence of the descriptions and directions that it contains.This recognized superiority of the Pharmacopeia of the United States of America, in its own particular field, and its generally accepted authority, as a guide, in all matters relating to the strength and purity of the medicinal articles enumerated in its pages, is all the more remarkable in that during its long and varied career it has never been granted a general recognition by statutory enactment. This

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