US Pharmacopoeia - 3d (1851) Edition:Throughout this book, reference has been made to the US Pharmacopoeia; and not without good reason. In a time with little or no government interference, its standards for formulation were treated by both druggist and drug manufactures, with an almost religious reverence.
Probably inspired by the British Pharmacopoeia, its history started in the 1820s, when several American medical societies came together to create the first edition of the United States Pharmacopoeia (U.S.P.). Its purpose was to identify and standardize the then mostly botanical drugs in medical use. The U.S. Pharmacopoeia can, therefore, best be thought of as a medical cookbook; one that dictates the exact formula, parts of the plant, and the exact method of preparation of base drugs for pharmaceutical use.
USP - 1851
Pictures courtesy Stanford University Medical Library.
Used with permission U.S. Pharmacopoeia Society.
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