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This committee was appointed in August last, immediately after the naming of the delegates from the American Pharmaceutical Association to attend this meeting, and proceeded at once to arrange for the investigation of several problems, selecting phytolacca, virburnum and strophanthus as the drugs to be studied.
The design was to secure the separation in a pure state from each of these drugs of all those constituents upon which its activity might possibly depend, to ascertain by physiologic examination which of these were the active constituents, to determine the percentage in which they existed naturally in a sample of average good quality and to fix methods for the selection of a drug meeting this requirement. In the case of phytolacca it was desired to determine the differences in composition between the drug in a fresh (that is, undried) condition and after drying and how, if at all, such difference affected its
H. H. RUSBY. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PHARMACOLOGIC INVESTIGATION.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(12):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440380029002g