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PHARMACY AND PHARMACOLOGY
REYNOLD WEBB WILCOX, M. A., M. D., LL. D., D. C. L.
PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
(NEW YORK DIVISION).
THE U. S. PHARMACOPOEIA, IX
COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY P. BLAKISTON's Son & Co.
“The use in this volume of certain portions of the text
THE MAPLE PRESS YORK PA
PREFACE TO THE TENTH EDITION
The appearance of the United States Pharmacopoeia, IX, has necessitated a rewriting of the section devoted to Pharmacy and Materia Medica and a thorough revision of this volume, which treats of the official drugs and preparations only, and every effort has been made toward condensation so far as is compatible with clearness. In order that the subjects might be presented in one volume and all repetitions avoided, cross references have been inserted and an exhaustive index added for the convenience of physicians who use this as a book for reference. The many advances have necessitated the division of the work into two distinct parts, the first being devoted to Materia Medica and Pharmacy, in which full attention is given to pharmaceutical processes, to the various kinds of preparations, with their dosage, and to the art of prescribing; after which the description of remedies is taken up in detail. The therapeutic agents are divided into two sections, the Inorganic and Organic Materia Medica, and the general classification adopted is one based on the grouping of the articles according to the chemical or physiological divisions to which each belongs. The course of instruction on Materia Medica should include the performance of the simpler pharmaceutical operations, demonstrations of the drugs and preparations, and practice in prescription writing. It is believed best that the substance should be learned first and then its uses. In the second part, dealing with Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the classification employed is based on the particular physiological system upon which the various agents principally act. There is a compete presentation of the official remedies and very elaborate accounts of their pharmacological action and therapeutic uses. In these descriptions the effort has been made to present the latest views of the highest authorities in these departments, and to render the book as practically useful as possible by full details regarding treatment which have been found to be valuable in actual practice. The course on Pharmacology and Therapeutics should include