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Biographical memoir of Franklin Bache, M.D: prepared at the request of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and read before the college May 3d and June 7th, 1865.

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Pages: 18

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (5 July 2012)

By: George Bacon Wood (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...national standard, has continued with unabated zeal to the present time, and will, I hope, be extended indefinitely into the future. At the same meeting at which he was elected a Fellow of the College, Dr. Bache was appointed one of a committee to revise the Pharmacopoeia. The first Pharmacopoeia of the United States was published in Boston in 1820, under the authority of a convention which met at Washington, representing incorporated medical institutions in various parts of the Union. In other civilized countries, works of this kind are usually prepared directly or indirectly under governmental authority, and have in a greater or less degree the sanction of law. In ours, unfortunately, no regulating power over the medical profession was given in the Constitution to the General Government, so that this power is reserved to the States. We cannot, therefore, have one general pharmacopoeia with legal sanction: and it is not desirable that the several States should exercise their reserved power in this direction, because, though we might thus have pharmacopoeias with the authority of law, they would almost necessarily be more or less discordant and conflicting: and we should thus fall, even in a greater degree, into that mischievous confusion, from which the profession in Great Britain has but just escaped by the incorporation of the three British Pharmacopoeias into one. Under the circumstances of our political constitution, the establishment and regulation of the Pharmacopoeia have been wisely left to the care of the profession itself. It was from a strong conviction of the necessity of such a regulating code, that the movement took place which eventuated in the Pharmacopoeia of 1820, and in which our College, though it did not then take the lead,...

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