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January 6, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(1):49-50. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460010057009

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We print in our "Miscellany" this week, an extract from the recent report of the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, Hon. James Wilson, in which he asks Congress for an appropriation to enable his department to co-operate with the commission appointed by the Pan-American Medical Congress, to investigate the medicinal flora of the United States.

It will be a surprise to many of our readers to learn that this work has never been done in a thorough and systematic way. It is true that the "U. S. Dispensatory" and the "U. S. Pharmacopeia" and other important publications contain valuable contributions to the knowledge of our medicinal plants; but there does not exist at present anything like a complete list, to say nothing of assays or other pharmacologic investigation, of our medicinal flora. This situation was recognized at the meeting of the first Pan-American Medical Congress, where an international commission was

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