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December 1943

Formulary and Handbook, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(6):686. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510060110020

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This formulary and handbook was assembled under the direction of the associate medical board of the hospital and edited by John C. Krantz Jr. Its purpose is to familiarize the prescriber with various kinds of medicaments from the pharmacy and certain routine therapeutic procedures employed in the hospital.

Its table of contents consists of two main divisions: (1) "General Information" and (2) "Medicinal Agents." The section on general information is practical and of everyday use to the general practitioner and to the specialist. The chapter on the treatment of acute poisoning is brief and complete.

The chapter on the treatment of diseases of the skin, in section 2, covers twenty-four pages. It contains the conventional formulas for the treatment of the common cutaneous diseases. The common mistake of giving the formula for Whitfield's Ointment as 12 per cent benzoic acid and 6 per cent salicylic acid instead of 6

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