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October 24, 1891

THE PRESENT STATUS OF MATERIA MEDICA AND THERAPEUTICS.Read before the Section of Materia Medica and Pharmacy at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(17):620-623. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410950008001b

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Materia Medica and Therapeutics at present occupy an important place on the broad plane of medical science. The recent rapid growth of this department of our loved profession has been in such marked contrast with its slow development in the earlier ages that it really now excites wonder and admiration. New medicines, and new uses therefor are so prominent and so varied that it is with the greatest difficulty that any active practitioner of medicine can keep pace with them. Some of them, it is true, come up meteorlike and have but an ephemeral existence, but fortunately, many others, culled with greatest care, and evolved from the greatest scientific minds, have come to stay, and shine out as fixed stars upon the medical sky. In fact, they have now assumed such an important status that a resumé of their later growth and recent developments will certainly not be out of

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