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Money-makers and Money-savers.
Information as to where any of the articles illustrated or described in this department may be obtained will be furnished upon application. Address "Department of Money-makers," THE BULLETIN OF PHARMACY, Detroit, Mich.
Here is an aluminum hot-water bottle that high, 11 inches wide, and can be obtained in 2, will remain hot from 10 to 15 hours. It is 3, 4 or 5 foot lengths. It is ornamental in made of hard, thick aluminum, and is strong and durable, yet light in weight. The flat bottom makes the bottle easy to fill, while the correctly shaped convex and concave sides
appearance and utilizes space that would otherwise be wasted.
Here is another case especially designed for displaying brushes and combs. It enables the druggist with a comparatively small stock to make a real showing of these articles and pre
adapt it for all purposes for which a hot-water bottle is intended. With each bottle is furnished free a high-quality heavy outing-flannel coat, which prevents the hot metal from coming in direct contact with the flesh. The dealer's profit is a liberal one.
Sanitary service is fast becoming a necessary adjunct to the modern soda fountain, and to insure it many druggists are using soda cups and sundae dishes made of paraffin paper. The sundae dish, illustrated herewith, is paraffined
on the outside only, and sealed without glue, making it absolutely odorless and sanitary. The paraffin dishes come in regulation sizes, fitting into special metal holders which can be obtained from the manufacturers.
Small novelties and sundries, the nature of which prevent their being exposed on counter tops, show off to good advantage in this allglass top case. Displayed under cover in this manner, the goods are safe from pilfering fingers, too. The case is a small one, 12 inches
By the time I had money enough coming to LETTERS
get away with I had read the dispensatory from cover to cover. Then I, too, got a posi
tion in the city. BREAKING INTO THE DRUG GAME.
I used to have to pinch myself every five To the Editors:
minutes in order to keep awake, for it was There appeared in the BULLETIN last year a mighty hard, at first, to get used to staying up number of papers on “Why I Became a Drug- half the night. But right there was where my gist,” but I don't think any of the writers had farm training came in handy, for when it comes better reason for entering the profession than to long hours and hard work, the farm has a I did.
drug store "skinned a mile”-and then some. Way back in the eighties, when I was only
Kansas City, Kans.
J. W. GIESBURG. a lad, I put in some of the longest hours and hardest licks that ever fell to the lot of any boy. Getting up in the morning at four o'clock and
A NUMBER OF ADVANCES. doing the chores by lantern-light; cutting cord
To the Editors: wood and splitting rails; plowing, harrowing,
As a rule we druggists get the blame for drilling, harvesting and threshing wheat; cut
raising prices, but when the public takes proper ting, shocking, and shucking corn—in the field
notice of the enclosed list the apparent cause all day from sunrise to sunset-was enough
will be shown in the enormous rise of values preliminary training to enable a boy to stand
on account of the market fluctuations. almost anything that might be shoved on him
Increase in prices since March, 1915, up to in a drug store.
January 1, 1916, in percentages: But when, lastly, as my high-school work on a farm, I had sixty-five steers to feed every
800 day-grubbing shock-corn out of the frozen Carbolic acid.
1000 ground with a hoe, and hauling it three miles Salicylic acid..
100 twice a day, seven days a week, in rain or shine
100 -it didn't take much persuasion to induce me Antipyrin
50 to take a vacancy that offered in our village
200 general store.
200 Here were sold groceries, hardware, wall
Bismuth and salts.
50 Caffeine and salts
200 paper, house paints, and dry goods, as well as Chloral hydrate
200 a few drugs now and then. The store had been
50 Creosote, beechwood
700 my loafing place in the little spare time that
200 came to me—and I always took considerable Peroxide of hydrogen
200 interest in watching the clerk “experiment” by
Lithium and salts
200 grinding together chlorate of potash and Epsom salts
200 Mercury and salts
200 sulphur in a mortar, or liberating hydrogen
400 gas and lighting it, secundem artem.
600 When he left town to take a position in a
300 Potassium bromide
700 city drug store I fell heir to his job. Please Potassium permanganate
600 notice I got a job and he got a position. One
600 Salol ..
800 winter's experience with my job was enough Sodium and salts..
400 to convince me that if I ever expected to get a
Strontium and salts.
1000 position I had better be looking around for a
100 new boss.
Celery seed My next job was in another small country
Fennel seed, German.
500 town where I took charge of the village doc- Hops
100 tor's little store while he looked after his prac
100 Castor oil
100 tice. Here I had to stay and become a druggist, Cod-liver oil
300 because after arriving I didn't have enough
300 money left to take the next train out, which I certainly would have done, for it was about the All dyestuffs, including logwood, turmeric, gloomiest place I ever saw.
etc., increased enormously; in fact, no black We still have on hand a few copies of the booklet “Observing the Harrison Law,” ed edition. 25 cents.
dyes are to be had scarcely. Dark blue and dark green are at present at a premiuni.
Cut out the above list, which it took me a number of hours to compile, and show it to the customer every time he or she kicks. Houston, Texas.
POISON PUBLICITY. To the Editors:
Should the name of the poison be mentioned in the newspaper when an account of a suicide or accidental poisoning is given? I am of the opinion that it should not.
The very fact that merely the giving of the name of the death-dealing drug in connection with such a report serves to bring it before the public and to familiarize the name to a greater extent should be enough to condemn the practice. Take, for example, the widely-published account of the unfortunate mistake of the Atlanta banker, who took bichloride of mercury tablets thinking they were aspirin, or some such harmless medicine. That article was prominently displayed by the press, together with the name of the poison—and what has been the result? Never before have there been so many suicides and attempted suicides by means of this deadly poison.
To be sure we have poison laws, and they in themselves are good. But would it not be better to remove the names of deadly poisons from public print, just as we remove them from the front part of our stores and place them in our back rooms, as far as possible from public gaze and idle curiosity ? Fairhaven, Mass.
H. H. BROWNE.
later that our interpretation was correct. A druggist is surely called upon at times to exercise his puzzle-guessing ability.
HARRY L. WOHLFORT.
Grand Junction, Colo.
USING UP SHOP-WORN STATIONERY. To the Editors:
It may be of interest to BULLETIN readers, especially those who have been unable to dispose of their own stock of shop-worn box stationery, to learn of the method I use for getting rid of that item.
Regardless of color and size, I remove the sheets of folded note-paper from the unsalable boxes, open them out flat and take them, together with the envelopes, to the local printer, who places my imprint on the stationery at a very low price, as all the stock is furnished.
THE PROPER PRICE WANTED. To the Editors:
I would like to submit a prescription to BulLETIN readers in order to learn what they would charge for it. Here is the prescription: Salol
10 grains. Phenolphthalein
1 drachm. Bismuth subnitrate.
2 ounces. Mix and divide into 24 powders. Directions: One powder two hours after meals.
Figuring on the present high cost of the ingredients, I made a charge of $1.25. My competitor's charge was 50 cents. I arrived at my price by doubling the cost of the ingredients (2 x 54 cents) and adding 17 cents for the time consumed in compounding.
Did I make too high a price?
J. R. MCARTHUR. Note by the Editors.—What do our readers think about Mr. McArthur's price? Looks to us as though he was a pretty sensible chap.
To the Editors:
Two calls that we have had recently did much to brighten up the day's routine for us. Here is the first one:
A little girl presented a slip on which was written "A bottle of Bromosyler.” I thought for a moment, and then asked if it was to be used for the relief of headaches. "Yes," she said, and a bottle of Bromo-Seltzer was correct.
The second slip, brought in by a little boy, called for "5 cents Parick." With a little help from me, he decided that “paregoric” was what his mother wanted.
Think lots of the BULLETIN-get much valuable advice from it. J. P. PENDERGRAST.
I consider the BULLETIN OF PHARMACY by far the leading journal of its kind. St. Paul, Minn.
Carl A. SWANSON. It's an enjoyment for me to read the good things that the BULLETIN contains. Hennessey, Okla.
F. A. DINKLER. I don't want to miss a single Bulletin. It's the greatest help a man has in business. Bokoshe, Okla.
HARRY A. VOLLMER.
The BULLETIN is my ideal drug journal, and I do not want to miss a single issue. Tulsa, Okla.
J. C. BILLINGSLEY. I can get along without electric lights and street-cars, but the BULLETIN is indispensable. Haxtun, Colo.
W. B. ILIFE.
3. It is probable that a nitroglycerin which has been slowly frozen and slowly thawed is better for tablet use than one freshly made.
A New Way to Detect Poisons.
J. J. Dobbie, F.R.S., the principal chemist of the English government laboratories at London, says the Detroit Tribune, has recently concentrated public attention upon the value of the spectroscope as a means of detecting poisons such as strychnine, cocaine, morphine, and similar dangerous drugs.
By throwing the ultra-violet part of the spectrum from such a source of light as is obtainable from sparking such a metal as iron, through the lenses of a quartz spectroscope, the lines of these drugs can be distinctly located. Each drug, it has been found, produces a characteristic kind of lines.
Hereafter when a person dies under circumstances suspicious of poison, the mixture of his or her stomachi contents or other tissues may be taken to a physical laboratory and exposed to the quartz-lensed spectroscope with a sparking light from iron. If any of these poisons are present their characteristic lines will show in the ultra-violet part of the spectrum. A quartzlensed spectroscope is used instead of glass, because glass cuts out the ultra-violet rays.
A minute trace of poison can now be detected in this revolutionary fashion. Even as little as one fivehundredths of a grain of strychnine was thus found by Dr. Dobbie.
Copaiba in an Emulsion.
How to prepare a good emulsion from the following prescription is described in a recent issue of the N. A. R. D. Journal:
The Stability of Nitroglycerin Tablets.
In a paper read before the 1915 meeting of the American Chemical Society, Wilbur L. Scoville told of a number of experiments made to determine the stability of nitroglycerin tablets.
Tablets of nitroglycerin for medicinal use are manufactured from a 10- to 20-per-cent alcoholic solution, or from a 20-per-cent paste mixture containing sugarof-milk or calcium carbonate.
A series of sample tablets, freshly made and tested, was set aside for observation, being tested at intervals during a period of 3/2 years. These tablets represented the usual market and were stored under varying conditions, similar to those likely to be encountered in different stores.
At the end of the 3/2 years the tests showed that all tablets containing less than 1/100 grain each of nitroglycerin had deteriorated, and, also, all those made from spirit of nitroglycerin. Tablets made from the paste, of 1/100 grain or over, maintained their strength. Two explanations of this are possible:
1. The solution may yield a finer attenuation of the nitroglycerin, exposing more surface and favoring volatilization. The deterioration of the tablets containing less than 1/100 grain each bears out this view, since in such tablets the nitroglycerin must be more highly attenuated than in those of a higher grainage, to secure uniform dosage.
2. A second possible explanation is found in the two forms in which nitroglycerin is known to exist-a labile form melting at 2.8°C. and a stable form melting at 13.5°C. Freshly prepared nitroglycerin usually crystallizes in the labile form, but on long standing, particularly after having been once frozen, it tends to change to the stable form.
The nitroglycerin used in making the tablets was from one lot of paste and four lots of solution purchased at different times. The various lots were stored in a building in which the temperature was very close to that of the outer atmosphere. The paste passed through two winters before being used in the tablets, while the solution passed through one winter's storage. In Detroit a temperature of a few degrees below 0° F. (-18°C.) occurs in most winters a few times.
In the paste form the nitroglycerin is in the condition most conducive to forming the stable isomeride, while in the alcoholic solution the conditions may be unfavorable to the formation of the stable form. Thus the nitroglycerin in those tablets which deteriorated may have been in the labile condition, with a greater tendency to decomposition than the others.
The work on the isomerides of nitroglycerin is too recent to prove whether it is a factor in the deterioration of nitroglycerin in tablets or not, but these three facts are established:
1. Tablets containing less than 1/100 grain of nitroglycerin lose strength very markedly on keeping.
2. Tablets made from an alcoholic solution of nitroglycerin are less stable than those made from a paste.
1 ounce. Fluidextracti glycyrrhiza
.1 fluidounce. Spiritus ætheris nitrosi.
12 fluidounce. Acacia
..q. S. Aquæ menthæ piperitæ, q. s. ad...8 fluidounces. Misce; signa: A teaspoonful in water every three hours.
The official oleoresin of copaiba (copaiba U. S. P.) is here intended. It is to be mixed with two drachms of powdered acacia in a mortar and emulsified by adding one-half ounce of the peppermint water, triturating lightly but actively, then gradually adding the remainder of the peppermint water, the fluidextract of glycyrrhiza, and the spirit of nitrous ether.
A better method is to replace the powdered acacia with six fuidrachms of mucilage of acacia. This is placed in the bottle, flowed around on the sides; the copaiba is added; and the bottle is then well shaken. Then one-half ounce of the peppermint water is added, and the bottle again shaken. The remainder of the peppermint water is added gradually, and lastly the fluidextract and the spirit, the bottle being shaken well after each addition.
Don'ts For Pharmacists.
W. Johnston, Secretary of the Chemists' Defense Association, communicates to the Anti-Cutting Record the following “Don'ts” compiled from his experience of claims arising from accidents. The collection, reprinted in the Chemist and Druggist of England, is intended for members of the Association, but it should be generally useful: