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A PRACTICAL TREATISE
THE FAVORITE FORMULARY
OF THE MOST EMINENT
MEDICAL AND SURGICAL AUTHORITIES,
THEIR PUBLISHED WRITINGS AND PRIVATE RECORDS.
EMBRACING A RESUMÉ
THE MOST ELIGIBLE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION
RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE MATERIA MEDICA.
B. W. PALMER, A. M., M. D.,
Author of Favorite Prescriptions of Distinguished Practitioners, Member of the
Medico-Legal Society, Etc.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
In no department of the practice of medicine has there been within recent times such a complete revolution as in that of the exhibition of medicines.
The nauseating doses of infusions, decoctions and incompatible mixtures that not many years ago made the advent of the doctor feared by the hapless patients who were the victims of this universal practice of poly-pharmacy, have given place to the elegant elixirs, the convenient capsules, the infinitesmal granules, and other far more scientific and acceptable forms of medication than those formerly in vogue.
To-day medicine may be exhibited without offending the taste of the most sensitive palate, and, with the aid of modern pharmacy, the doctor can now not only select a palatable combination of remedies, but, with hitherto unattainable nicety, can adjust his prescriptions to the therapeutic end to be accomplished.
It is believed that by gathering and arranging the material that exists in the records of the hospital and private practice, and in the published writings of eminent American, English, French, and German medical authorities, and supplementing such material by the addition of the most desirable formulæ for the administration of the new drugs which recent therapeutic research has contributed to the materia medica, a mosaic of palatable prescriptions will be formed which will be acceptable to many practitioners.
In this little compilation the author has endeavored to fulfill, as far as possible, the objects detailed.
B, W. P.