It appears to be a fact that the prescription business of druggists is lessening in this country; as much as 50 per cent. is the estimate of the author of a paper recently read before the Maine Pharmaceutical Association and published in the Pharmaceutical Era, March 9. He does not discuss the reasons for this fact, which are, perhaps, more obvious to medical men than to pharmacists, but dwells at length on its disadvantages, as it is natural he should. His paper, however, is not altogether a labored ex parte plea, for it contains a number of points that are worthy of consideration.
Leaving aside the occasional necessity of the physician being his own dispenser, especially in country practice, the unreliability of many druggists, a fact made known by experience to many physicians, the introduction of the tablet triturates, and the various granules, parvules, etc., which, with some objectionable and