Medicine: Drug Lore

Indispensable to the dispenser, be he doctor or druggist, is the dispensatory. The archaic name is appropriate: last week appeared the 25th edition in 122 years of The Dispensatory of the United States of America (Lippincott; $25), a strapping oldster of 8 Ibs. 2 oz.

Skillfully compounded in its 2,139 pages are all the officially approved drugs listed in the U.S., British and International Pharmacopoeias, plus the permissible "nonofficial" remedies. It takes 80 pages of index merely to list the items from acacia (the pillroller's gummy old standby) to zygadenus (a plant...

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