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April 27, 1901

PROPOSED NATIONAL BUREAU OF MATERIA MEDICA.

Author Affiliations

EAST ORANGE, N. J.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(17):1175-1178. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470170021001g
Abstract

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,

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