At the Richmond meeting of the American Medical Association, in 1881, I read a paper before the Section on Materia Medica and Therapeutics, entitled "The Materia Medica of the Future." In this paper I called attention to a condition of affairs threatening progress in materia medica science and, in a resolution offered for me by Professor Dunster, of the University of Michigan, after the reading of the paper, I suggested a way out of some of the difficulties which I then foresaw. The correctness of my reasoning at that time has been amply proved by subsequent events.
From the Richmond meeting I went to Washington and proposed to Prof. Spencer F. Baird, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the advisability of establishing a national laboratory of materia medica under the auspices of the Government. Conferences were held with the heads of various departments, including the medical departments of the army,
STEWART FE. PROPOSED NATIONAL BUREAU OF MATERIA MEDICA. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(17):1175–1178. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470170021001g
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