Medicine: Capsules, Aug. 8, 1955

¶To give doctors quicker service, the A.M.A.'s Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry is abandoning its old system: testing every manufacturer's brand of drugs and awarding seals of approval for those that pass. Instead, the council will henceforth sift researchers' reports on new drugs as soon as they are submitted and render a verdict on each as a standard chemical, ignoring brand names.

¶ U.S. hospitals cared for 20,345,431 patients in 1954, an increase of less than 1% over the previous year. However, 3,342,599 babies were born in the hospitals, an increase of 7%, and overall hospital expenditures for patients and infants hit...

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