In 1917 Sollmann wrote, “Pharmacology ... comprises ... a large mass of minute details, which would constitute too great a tax on human memory, but which cannot safely be neglected.” If that were true in 1917, before synthetic drugs had begun to replace the older natural medicines, then how much more relevant it is today when the modern physician can choose to prescribe from any of 36,000 chemical preparations. A detailed knowledge of so large a number of drugs is clearly impossible, and to be safe the physician must be selective; he must prescribe from a small number of preparations which he knows well. In short, he must have a personal pharmacopeia.
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