Journal of the American Medical Association
Executive Committee, in spite of such dele¬ tion recommendation, were not therapeutic reasons. There¬ fore the book is not an authority on therapeutics and was not intended to be such. In fact, it is a book of valuable thera¬ peutic drugs interspersed with several hundred drugs and preparations that are either useless or inferior to the few that are of value. "A drug, to have therapeutic value, must have some recog¬ nized activity on the human body. A very large number of those in the new
... copeia have no such activity. Even the doses of the drugs are not authoritative, only suggestive. The dose of a drug is enough to produce the results required, more or less than the dose suggested by the Pharmacopeia. "That the Pharmacopeia is controlled by so-called "regu¬ lars" is another statement that is not a fact. Only four mem¬ bers of the Executive Committee, which committee is entirely responsible for the contents of the Pharmacopeia, have the degree of M.D. Hence the book represents the drugs and preparations that the expert drug men in all branches of the drug traffic desire to have in the book. "Also, one cannot well see how those who use no drugs in the treatment of disease could be interested in a book on drugs. Therefore, to intimate that such were shut out of the United States Pharmacopeia is a reflection on their supposedly drugless practice, and criticism cannot be made of the Revi¬ sion Committee, thirty-two of whose fifty members are drug experts.