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October 28, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(18):1108-1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450700052014

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The Bulletin of Pharmacy, for October, contains a paper read before the American Pharmaceutical Association, at its recent meeting, by H. B. Mason, on the question of incorporating the maximum and minimum doses of drugs in the coming issue of the Pharmacopeia. At present the work is considered as exclusively one for the pharmacist, while few physicians are acquainted with it and still fewer consult it. The great majority of practitioners, however, who have been asked, have expressed the opinion that the doses should be added to the Pharmacopeia and this, if done, would unquestionably largely increase its circulation. It would give us an authoritative posology, and after all would only follow the practice of every other pharmacopeia except our own. Three objections have been urged to the step; that were this done, there would be a legal standard established, the exceeding of which might render the prescriber amenable to

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