In spite of the size of this work the authors say it remains both a text and a reference book; that the student may find in the heads of chapters and in the principal articles all that corresponds to the program of instruction in chemical pharmacy given by the Faculty of Pharmacy in Paris.
The object of chemical pharmacy is the study of chemical elements and compounds used in therapeutics. The student should have adequate knowledge concerning their manufacture, origin of primary materials, process of preparation and national production. To show the rapid growth of chemical pharmacy they point out that the French Codex in 1837 contained 187 medical chemicals (galenicals excluded) while in 1937 it contains 355 and the extrapharmacopeial products in use number more than 2,000.
Volume I deals with inorganic, and the acyclic series of organic, chemistry. Commencing with hydrofluoric acid, which is described rather fully, the