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N. S. Davis, M.D.
JAMA. 1920;74(11):753. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620110043022.
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To the Editor:  —Your recent announcement concerning the coming meeting of the U. S. Pharmacopeial Convention (The Journal, Feb. 28, 1920, p. 613) is most timely. It is important that every medical society and college privileged to send delegates to the convention should do so. The Pharmacopeia should furnish standards of purity and strength of drugs needed by the profession. It also should tell how to make standard preparations of them.Drugs that are useful are those which possess physiologic or pathologic action. Unfortunately, the Pharmacopeia still contains some that possess neither. It is still more encumbered by a multiplicity of preparations that must now be learned by pharmacists and physicians. Two preparations, or in some instances three or four of each drug, are all that are needed. The Pharmacopeia should point out these best preparations and necessary drugs; others should be omitted.The latest revision of the Pharmacopeia was


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