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March 31, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(13):818-819. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460130050006

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With the assembling of the Convention for the Revision of the U. S. Pharmacopeia, in Washington, D. C., May 2, next, there is a revival of interest in therapeutic matters. With the specialization in medicine there is a tendency toward medical nihilism, which it may be well for the profession to guard against. The situation pharmaceutically is not encouraging, and it is hoped that the revision of the Pharmacopeia will at least afford an opportunity to awaken interest among medical men to the anomalous condition that exists in medical prescribing. The great increase in the number of proprietary remedies, often of secret composition, designed for medical prescription, is becoming a burden to the physician— not that there is no room for new remedies of merit, as well as for improved processes and forms of administration, but the endless multiplication of all sorts of medicinal mixtures which present neither novelty nor

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