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October 31, 1891

MEDICAMENTS.Read in the Section of Materia Medica and Pharmacy, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May 5-8, 1891.

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JAMA. 1891;XVII(18):669-673. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410960007001

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After considering many subjects fitting to be brought before this Association, we selected the above as one permitting us to group a few random thoughts, serving perhaps to provoke discussion, from which may come something of value.

Comparing the complex pharmacy of to-day, with its alkaloids, glucosides, neutral principles, and synthetic compounds; its coated pills, lozenges, tablets, triturate tablets, capsules and cachets, with that of the near past, manipulating the crude material into infusions, decoctions, tinctures, powders and pills, we are sometimes led to call a halt and ask if scientific medication is any nearer, and inquire if disease is held more in abeyance by this great array of rare and expensive remedies.

As pharmacists we may not be able to discuss why quinine at twenty-five cents an ounce cannot do all the work it performed when two dollars an ounce, nor why it is replaced by a patented product,

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