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SELECTION OF DRUGS IN HOSPITALS

JAMA. 1930;94(22):1764-1765. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710480040017.
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The hospital, as one factor in medical education, should afford unusual opportunities for enhancing rational drug therapy: There particularly may products be submitted to critical inspection. As Sollmann so pointedly remarked at the recent Congress on Medical Education, the "evaluation of therapeutic remedies is not usually among the features to which hospital authorities point with just pride of achievement." The hospital drug room, which reflects directly the medicinal requests of the staff, has hardly kept pace with the modernization of other departments of the hospital. As for proprietary medicines, the shelves often remind one of what Irons aptly terms the "chain drug-soda-fountain-lunchroom." In most medical colleges today, the student receives good courses in pharmacology, materia medica and therapeutics. He is taught about pharmacopeial drugs. The fallacies of shotgun prescriptions are frequently emphasized. More than five thousand copies of New and Nonofficial Remedies are used annually by class A colleges in

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