San Francisco, Jan. 7, 1904.
To the Editor:
—Correspondence with the Joint Committee on a National Bureau of Medicines and Foods has developed several questions, one of which I should like to present through your columns for the purpose of eliciting suggestions. The question raised is as to the need for any such organization. There seems to be no dispute as to the truth of the fact that medicines and foods do not come up to fair standards of purity and identity. It is also agreed by all that many poor or worthless preparations of both pharmacopeial and extrapharmacopeial preparations are on the market and are largely used. No one—especially no one in any way connected with medical journalism—has questioned the desirability of securing some means of determining the status of the host of mixtures, some ethical, some "proprietary," and some out-and-out nostrums, which now exist. The question at issue