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January 7, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(1):35-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500280032002h

The object of this paper is to show the trend of the physician in his prescribing at the present time. Five hundred prescriptions were carefully examined as they were received and filed in each of two of Philadelphia's best prescription stores, both of which are managed by able and energetic pharmacists, who have had collegiate training.

Five hundred prescriptions were examined in each store in order to make proper comparisons, and also to give a more general report of the type of the modern prescription.

These stores were so located that they received prescriptions from all the leading physicians of the city, and a large number of the prescriptions were from the pens of the professors and instructors on our medical school and hospital staffs, as well as a number from physicians in general practice, so that these prescriptions represent the type of prescription as written by our best practitioners

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