Chicago, Nov. 18, 1896.
To the Editor:
—I have read with considerable interest an article appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, issue of October 31, under the above title. Our particular attention is drawn to a statement which reads as follows: "A very large proportion of the pharmacopeia is made up of substances which can very readily be made into tablets."In looking through the list of about 1,000 official products eligible for a medicinal administration, we find between eighty and ninety which are suitable for this mode of administration without suffering loss of therapeutic value by manipulation, and a great portion of this number being powdered drugs, such as blue flag, snake root, buchu, etc., which are seldom, if ever, used in tablet form, being almost always represented by the extract.Possibly if the writer of the article in question had investigated the subject fully he would