NOTES ON THE REVISION OF THE SIXTH DECENNIAL PHARMACOPOEIA OF THE U.S.
1880. Item #89599
COMMITTEE OF REVISION AND PUBLICATION. NOTES ON THE REVISION OF THE SIXTH DECENNIAL PHARMACOPOEIA OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Oblong folio, ex-library with usual markings. Quarter morocco, library binding. Spine title: "U.S. PHARMACOPOEIA REVISION 1 - 90." Thick (2 3/4 inches) bound collection of mimeographed and manuscript notes and circulars from the Committee of Revision and Publication for the Sixth Decennial Revision, which was published in October 1882. Also included are offprints of related articles from various journals and what appear to be printed revisions. These are arranged somewhat chronologically, some out of order, and are dated from 1880-1881. This was the most radical revision of the Pharmacopoeia since the first edition of 1820, and included such amendments as the adoption of the metric system of weights and measures, an end to the practice of polypharmacy (mixing drugs into one formula), standardization of tincture concentrations at 10%, new classes of preparations such as abstracta, elixirs, oleates and triturations, and the abolition of fluid measures in the working formulas. Many documents bear the signature of committee head Charles Rice. See Haller: "The United States Pharmacopoeia: Its Origin and Revision in the 19th Century", Bulletin of the NY Academy of Medicine, 1982 June; 58 (5) pp. 480-492. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1805252/pdf/bullnyacadmed 00091-0058.pdf.