The Pharmacopoeia of the United States of America.
by National Medical Convention.
Philadelphia:: John Grigg, 1831., 1831. 8vo. xxx, 268 pp. Indexes; waterstained throughout. Original full calf; extremities worn, spine repaired with kozo. Duke Hospital Library bookplate [gift of Dr. W.C. Davison], some marginalia, notes on endleaves [including a signature of A.W. Lloyd (rear), J.W. Mackasey (p.218)]. Good working copy. One of two competing "First Revisions" of the historic 1820 Pharmacopeia of the United States (the other revision was published in New York in 1830). "…in the Philadelphia contingent were two physicians whose competent work and influential personalities would be decisive for the future of the Pharmacopeia of the United States: George B. Wood and Franklin Bache. Among medical practitioners in general, now that the Pharmacopeia seemed to be well established, interest in it waned. So much so that it is doubtful that pharmacopeial work would have persisted except for the prosperity of the United States Dispensatory prepared by Wood and Bache (see p. 279), who were now the key figures in carrying forward the further revision of the Pharmacopeia." – Kremer and Urdang, History of Pharmacy. / Offers a lot of interesting recipes and tinctures for medical needs. Opium is offered, ointments of various types, medicated wines, syrups, spirits, powders, pills, morphia, preparations of honey, liniments, infusa, applications of mercury, iron, copper or zinc, extracts, plasters, decoctions, confections, lime (solution of muriate of lime), prepared oyster-shell, arsenic, medicated waters, ammonia, alcohol, ethers, acids, vinegars, etc. / "The want of a National Pharmacopoeia had long been felt in this country as a serious evil, before any attempt was made to supply the deficiency" [Preface]. There was a lack of cooperation between various fragmented medical interest groups throughout the US in the period before 1820. In 1818 Dr. Lyman Spalding proposed a National Pharmacopeia. By setting up four separate districts, and holding a general convention, progress was made. The first national pharmacopeia was thus issued in 1820 and this 1831 represented a furtherance of that effort.
(Inventory #: MRM1593)
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