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THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND THE PHARMACOPEIA

JAMA. 2009;302(18):2041. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1571.
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A thoroughly up-to-date Pharmacopeia—one which will truly reflect the best medical practice of the present time—will contribute more to sane drug therapeutics than any other one thing. It is a question, therefore, that should be considered seriously and without further delay, since the time for the convention that is to decide the policy on which the next revision is to be made and who shall be in control is rapidly approaching. In THE JOURNAL last week,1 Sollmann put the question squarely before the medical profession: “If the Pharmacopeia is not and cannot be made practically important to the physicians, then let us abandon it altogether.” It is needless to say that not many physicians would seriously entertain the suggestion of abandoning the Pharmacopeia; yet the attitude of indifference shown by the profession in general in connection with the last pharmacopeial convention was almost equivalent to abandoning it—so far as medical men were concerned.

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