PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION
The Ninth Revision of the United States Pharmacopoeia, as in noprevious edition, makes it important, and even necessary, that all worksof a pharmaceutical character be revised.The last revision of the Pharmacopoeia has required, on the part of therevisers, very exceptional work directed toward the subject of standards;and inasmuch as the United States Pharmacopoeia, as well as theNational Formulary, is mentioned in the statute, known as the Foodand Drugs Law, this revision has become of greatest importance.Recognizing this, great pains have been taken in the revision of thepresent edition, that the standards, whenever mentioned, shall conformto the legal standard above referred to.Many changes have been made necessary by the fact that the U.S.P. IXhas deleted fifty-three vegetable drugs and has added, or raised toofficial recognition, but four of well known drugs.Among the conspicuous changes in U.S.P. IX, is the adoption of “Mil”(singular), “Mils” (plural), for cubic centimeter (cc.). This coined word,Mil—for Milliliter, is more accurate than cubic centimeter, (cc.) for thethousandth of a liter, which the cubic centimeter was intended toexpress. Throughout this present edition “mil” and “mils” have beenused, replacing the less accurate “cc.”The Families of plants yielding organic drugs have been rearranged inthe present volume. The order of arrangement adopted is that which isfollowed by all botanists of any note at the present time, commencingwith the Algæ, Fungi, and other cryptogamous growths, the order andsequence of such authors as Engler and Prantl have been practicallyfollowed. This has required an entire transposition of the natural ordersof the former edition.The Chapter on Inorganic Chemicals has been enlarged to meet thedemand of many students. Added to this is a brief Chapter onTherapeutic Action, which is intended as a suggestion to students of how to expand their knowledge in this direction by reference to otherworks.
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