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February 1970

Herbs to Hormones.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(2):366. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310020172037

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This small volume contains the author's reminiscences of a long and successful career in the wholesale drug business. It provides an interesting description of some of the transformations undergone by the pharmaceutical industry in the last 75 years or so, and thus covers an era characterized in its early days by primary reliance on botanical preparations, and most recently, by the availability of specific active ingredients in pure form, many of them synthetic. Since relatively few of the latter are hormones, the book might more appropriately have been titled "Botanicals to Chemicals," or something of the sort.

There is considerable material in the volume concerning some of those responsible for founding the large drug houses of today, as well as a good deal of corporate history, dealing with mergers, acquisitions, and so on. Of more interest are the author's recollections concerning some of the materials in use early in his

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