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OTTO G. I'RETERMUTA,
PROFESSOR OF THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PHARMACY IN THE MARYLAND COLLEGE
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The motive for writing this book was, in the main, to supply students of pharmacy with a text-book which, while sufficiently comprehensive to serve as a trustworthy guide, should be devoid of all unnecessary material, such as official and unofficial formulas, etc., readily accessible in the Pharmacopæia and such books of reference as are usually found in drug-stores. The author was repeatedly assured by the late Professor Maisch, and other friends, that such a book was desirable, and, at their request, the task was undertaken. Owing to unavoidable interruptions caused by increased duties, the work, begun in the spring of 1894, was not completed until the autumn of 1895.
Since the present advanced state of professional pharmacy is the fruit of long-continued labors of many competent men in both this country and Europe, no hesitation was had in utilizing their results, the author having, in fact, felt it to be his duty to incorporate with his own experience, extending over twenty-five years of a busy life as a practical pharmacist, the many valuable hints obtainable from numerous well-known writings. Grateful acknowledgment is hereby made for aid derived from such books as Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association, The Art of Dispensing, Proctor's Lectures on Practical Pharmacy, American Journal of Pharmacy, Ernst Schmidt's Lehrbuch der Pharmaceutischen Chemie, Hager, Fischer u. Hartwich's Commentar zum Arzneibuch für das Deutsche Reich, Hager's Technik der Pharmaceutischen Receptur, Die Schule der Pharmacie, Flückiger's Pharmaceutische Chemie, Bornemann's Die Fetten und Flüchtigen Oele, and others.