In discussing this question it is important that we should arrive at a definite conclusion as to what is meant by the terms materia medica and therapeutics. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably and sometimes materia medica is used to designate the study of the medicinal substances themselves; their derivation, active principles and pharmaceutic preparations. This, I believe, to be the more modern use of the term "materia medica," while therapeutics deals with the practical application of the drugs to the relief or cure of disease, and should, in my opinion, include the study of the physiologic action, or pharmacology, of the remedies under consideration. In expressing my views as to the best means by which students are to be taught these important subjects, I may perhaps be pardoned if, for the sake of brevity, I describe the course which I have arranged for the students attending the Jefferson Medical
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