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No. 4.

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"Repetition is the mother of study." matter in January, 1895.

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the salesmen calling upon the Missouri trade and the

pharmacists of the state to report at Pertle Springs N. M. WHELPLEY, Ph. G., M. D.,

Editor, (Warrensburg), Tuesday, June 9, 1908.

Meyer Brothers Druggist


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St. Louis, Mo., U S. A.

In the Pharmaceutical eye is Julius G. Bone, of

Dunmore, Pa., who is devot-
ing his best energies and
constant work to the Sunday
closing and Sabbath rest
movement. In the pharma-
ceutical press and at the
N. A. R. D., as well as state
and local organization meet-
ings, Mr. Bone puts forth
convincing arguments in
favor of this worthy cause.
His retail drug business at
Dunmore, was established

in 1870, and is conducted
JULIUS G. BONE, along the lines which he so

earnestly advocates.

Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, Chief of the Division of Chemistry, Washington, D. C., was represented on the cover of the MEYER BROTHERS DRUGGist for March.

If Your Store is For Sale, advertise in the MEYER BROTHERS DRUGGIST.

A Complete Price List of about ninety pages will be found by consulting the March and April issues of the MEYER BROTHERS DRUGGIST. Keep these two numbers convenient for consultation,


Bulletin for Buyers, Page 11.

Want Advertisements, Page 7.

Index to Advertisements, Page 8.
Price List, Drugs, Page 28; Patent Medicines, Page 45.





the matter and is distributing printed copies of the address accompanied by some very interesting information regarding the conditions of affairs in other countries than the United States. It seems that Eng

land and this country, the only two great civilized Dispensing Physicians and Counter Prescribing nations which have been backward in adopting the Pharmacists constitute the real bone of contention metric system, are also the only ones where a legally which causes strife and ill feeling between these two qualified pbysician is absolutely free to diagnose the great branches of persons engaged in the highly re- case, prescribe the medicine, sign the death certificate sponsible occupation of serving mankind afflicted and close the important incident which ends a human with disease. While the laws of most of the states life. The sentiment of the more ethical and profesand territories distinctly prohibit or closely limit the sional part of the medical men in England is shown rights of the pharmacist in prescribing, they leave the by a rule of the Royal College of Physicians of Lonphysician great latitude in dispensing his own reme- don, which requires its members and fellows to forego dies. From the practice of filling his own prescrip- the dispensing of even their own prescriptions. The tions to that of selling medicines to whoever comes

number of members and fellows of this college is, his

way is but a step which many physicians in small however, so small that it plays but a minor part in the places and a certain class of physicians in large cities actual condition of affairs in England. When we seem inclined to take. During the period of reform cross the channel to the continent, we find that the which is now taking place in every occupationof human ethics of the Royal College of London becomes the life, we find the boards of pharmacy endeavoring to law of France where dispensivg by physicians is percurtail the operations of the dispensing physician mitted only under certain exceptional and specified who oversteps the bounds of wbat has in the past been conditions. The German government prohibits by considered his inherent right to fill his own prescrip- law dispensing by a physician except in cases of tions. The secretary of the Missouri Board of Phar-emergency. That government also throws great safemacy has recently given notice that the board will guards around the issuing of a death certificate. Holprosecute physicians who do a general retail drug land, like Germany, permits the practitioner of medibusiness without being registered as pharmacists. In cine to dispense remedies only under extenuating cirSt. Louis alone may be found a number of physicians cumstances. In Austria the medical ethics as well as amenable to the law on this point. Nor is the Mis- the law of the land prevent physicians from dispenssouri board the only one moving in this manner, for ing, the exception Leing places where pharmacists are we have similar reports from other sections of the not accessible, this exception corresponding to the country.

clauses we find in many state pharmacy laws in this This effort on the part of boards of pharmacy to country which permit general dealers to sell certain prevent a physician, unregistered as a pharmacist, medicines in localities remote from drug stores. The from coming in direct competition with the retail conditions we find in Austria also prevail in Hungary. druggist, brings to our mind a subject which has been In Italy, the health officer must pass upon the death agitated for some time by George P. Engelhard, of before the patient is buried and dispepsing is confined Chicago. We believe that it was at a meeting of the to the pharmacist. In Spain the physician must deIllinois Pharmaceutical Association, some years ago, sist from general dispensing and the law strictly that he first pointed out the fact that in this country specifies that the physician and pharmacist in small a registered physician is legally entitled to diagnose towns must not be near relatives. In Belgium only the disease, dispense the medicine and sign the death those physicians in small towns have the right to discertificate in case subsequent conditions require such pense their medicines and, in Russia, the physician a document. He argued that the physician should confines his duties to that of prescribing. In such not be permitted to dispepse even his own prescrip- countries as Bulgaria, Roumania, Servia and Turkey, tions or, if given this right, he should not be allowed the dispensing physician is found only under excepto sign the death certificate, in case the patient fails tional conditions. We might extend the list to show to recover. We remember that a resolution to this that the United States is behind the continental couneffect caused heated discussion in the N. A. R. D. at tries of Europe in its provisions to safeguard the pubthe Boston meeting and was finally voted down for lic from criminals who, under the guise of a medical fear that such action on the part of the N. A. R. D. license, can cover up their crimes. might not be judicious in view of the efforts under We believe that the present time, when the physiway to bring about a better feeling between pharma

cian is as anxious as the pharmacist to bring about a cists and physicians. Mr. Engelhard delivered a

better understanding between the two callings, is the lengthy address on the subject at the Chicago meeting proper moment to at least show the medical profession of the N. A. R. D. where it was received with applause that in other countries the physician, as well as the and a motion made recommending that the address be pharmacist, is by law required to “stick to his last.” published for distribution.

It is a subject which might with propriety be discussed The Press Committee of the Proprietary Manufact- at the joint meetings of pharmacists and physicians, urers' Association of America has taken an interest in arranged by local branches of the A. Ph. A. The l'. S. P. and N. F. propaganda has brought local physi- country who desire to join. cians and pharmacists together on a subject of mutual Dr. Wiley, whose picture appeared on the cover of interest and demonstrated that both doctor and drug- MEYERS BROTHERS DRUGGIST for March, has been regist must give and forgive if more kindly relations are quested to undertake the organization of the Amerito be established and the welfare of the patient en- can committee. He will, no doubt, associate with hanced.

himself persons in various states who hold official poAn International Congress of Great Importance sitions bringing them into intimate relations with the Pharmacists.-For a quarter of a century or more,

food and drugs laws. We suggest that pharmicists there has been a general feeling throughout the take action at once in order that their interests be civilized world that something of practical value protected to the fullest extent. Our readers now uncould be accomplished by an international congress. derstand how the federal pure food and drugs law works devoting its entire time and the energies of its del- hardships which would not be felt if pharmicists had egates to the consideration of the prevention of been more active in the initial period when the law adulteration of foods and medicines. This has been was being framed. A word to the wise should be evidenced by various international congresses and sufficient and the pharmacists should see to it that the sentiment has grown until the prospects are good the codex alimentarius becomes a standard to which for such an international gathering. The Fourteenth

they can readily subscribe. Congress of Hygiene and Demography, held at Ber- Lowering the Pharmaceutical Standard in Cuba. lin last summer, was the occasion for definite action — The pharmacy Law of Cuba is based on the old looking towards an initial congress. It was the Uni- Spanish law which recognizes the pharmacist as a versal Society of the Geneva White Gross which con- professional person and imposes requirements for ceived the idea and took the initiative action at qualifications in keeping with such a standing. The the congress in Berlin in 1907. As a consequence, a University of Havana has a pharmaceutical faculty call has been issued for the First International Con- which is also authorized by the law to act as a board gress for the Repression of the Adulteration of Ali- of pharmacy. This is a government university, created mentary and Pharmaceutical Products, this gathering and sustained by the state. It seems that following to occur in Geneva in September, 1908.

the occupation of Cuba by American troops, the nonOf course, an exhibition of unadulterated products registered pharmacists of Cuba became wise as to and also demonstrations of adulterated goods will be methods pursued in various parts of the United States a prominent feature of the meeting. The prime ob- by incompetent persons anxious to register as pharject, however, will be the definition of unadulterated

macists. The result was more satisfactory to the infood. The importance of these definitions is such competent element in Cuba than to the pharmacists in that the issuing of the codex alimentarius will have general for, according to reports, registration was obgreat influence upon the pure food and drug legisla- tained on diplomas from institutions in the United tion the world over. The call makes especial ref- States which are not recognized in this country or by erence to manufacturers, chemists and lawyers. Phar- securing registration in a nearby state where it is maceutical and chemical manufacturers will, no doubt, easier to register than in Cuba. These laxities might see to it that their interests are well represented. have been remedied if matters had worked in the Retail pharmacists should be equally active. We feel right direction, but it looks as if things went from bad that the A. Ph. A., the N. W. D. A., the N. A. R. to worse, for the governor of Cuba has created a board D., and the various state pharmaceutical associations, of pharmacy independent of the faculty of the univerand the more prominent local retail drug organizations, sity and authorized registration on a lower standard should at once take out nominal membership. than that represented by previous requirements in

Membership is divided into three classes, doners, Cuba. This condition of affairs in Cuba is extremely nominal members and associate members. Only in- interesting to the pharmaceutical educators of the dividuals can become donors, the expense being United States who, at the present time, are working $20.00 per year. Nominal members may be either

for higher requirements for entrance to colleges of persons or organizations, “bodies.”

Such member- pharmacy, more severe examinations before graduaship costs $4.00 per year and entitles the person or tion and advanced requirements by boards of pharthe body to all of the publications, as well as to di

macy in their examinations for registration. The rect representation in the deliberations. Associate general sentiment among pharmacists of the United members pay but $2.50 per year and have but limited

States is that graduation from a college of pharmacy privileges. They do not receive the publications.

is the ideal requirement before registration and that Membership can be secured by applying directly to

such an end should eventually be accomplished. The the general secretary of the First International Con

action of the governor af Cuba practically suppresses gress for the Repression of the Adulteration of Ali

the graduate in pharmacy and widens the door for mentary and Pharmaceutical Products, Rue du Rhone, registration without any college education whatever. 42 Geneva, or, if more convenient, applications may

We are not surprised by the vigorous protest which be sent to Dr. H. W. Wiley, Chief of the Bureau of

is being made by the registered graduates and we Chemistry, Washington, D. C., who has kindly con

trust that the governor will reconsider the anti-pharsented to look after the interests of those in this maceutical decree.



ceutical Faculties and Associations of Boards of Phar. macy will meet the preceding Saturday.

The President Will Appoint the Pharmacists of the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service of the United States if House Bill No. 16091 becomes a law. The bill has the support of the leading pharmacists wbo have taken an interest in the country, and we hope the readers of the MEYER BROTHERS DRUGGIST will write their representatives to support the measure.

Frequent Board Examinations are held by the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy which meets every Tuesday, at Boston. This is certainly a convenience for candidates compared to the customs of those boards which meet only two, three or four times a year. How. ever, some candidates may object to a long trip from their homes to Boston. The majority of boards meet in different sections of the state.

An Ebert Scholarship.-The Pharmaceutical Era says that Henry S. Wellcome's suggestion of an Ebert scholarship should not be side tracked. “There cannot be too many memorials to the worth and services of the distinguished pharmacist, nor can there be too many reminders of the example set by his life both private and professional, for the elevation of those wbo follow him in the paths of pharmacy and of citizenship."

Missouri Needs a Law regulating patent medicine peddling. The Illinois pharmacists are quite well protected in this respect but perhaps the Ohio law is the most efficient one of any now in force. M. S. Middlesworth, of the Diamond Drug Co., Lamar, Mo., is particularly interested in the subject and anxious to hear from Missouri pharmacists who will cooperate with him in securing proper legislation on this important subject.

The New Anti-Cocaine Law of New York City is being vigorously enforced in New York City.

The Boston Chapter of the W. 0. N. A. R. D. held a very satisfactory meeting in February. A pleasant entertainment was followed by a very enjoyable reception. Mrs. Adelaide M. Godding is president.

Early Closing in Cleveland is making a headway. One section of the city has found closing at 10 p. m., so satisfactory that it is now trying 9:30. Another section is changing the closing hour from 10:30 to 9:45.

The Philadelphia A. Ph. A. Branch officers for the ensuing year are:

William McIntyre, president; Wm. L. Cliffe, first vice-president; Chas. H. LaWall, second vice-president; M. I. Wilbert, secretary and treasurer.

The California Anti-Narcotic Law goes into effect, July 1, 1908, but practically prohibits the sale of narcotics without a physician's prescription and states that no poison shall be sold to any person less than eighteen years of age.

The A. Ph. A. Report for 1907 has been delivered to those members who paid their dues for that year. General Secretary Caspari is to be congratulated upon the early publication of the volume as well as on the general appearance of the report.

The Chicago Branch of the A. Ph. A. follows one successful meeting with another. Practical subjects are discussed and much attention paid to the formulas for N. F. and U. S. P. preparations. A joint meeting with physicians is contemplated in the near future.

Are You a Pharmacist or a Druggist?—New York City has two classes of legalized dealers in medicines. One consists of "pharmacists" and the other of “druggists." We wonder whether the general public will ever learn to distinguish between a pharmacist and a druggist.

The Northwestern Branch of the A. Ph. A. is holding very successful meetings. In May, a meeting will be held in the southern part of tbe state. The physicians as well as pharmacists attend. It is suggested that other branches may also profit by adopting a migratory character.

The Chicago Chapter of the W. 0. N. A. R. D. met March 10, and elected a number of new members. A committee was appointed to draft suitable resolutions expressing sympathy for Mrs. Sybil Baker in her bereavement. Her husband, George R. Baker, having recently died. The next meeting occurs on the second Tuesday in April.

The A. Ph. A. Meets at Hot Springs, Ark., the week beginning Monday, September 7. There seems to be some confusion about this date. It is the time decided upon by the council and approved by the association. It is probable that a conference of Pharma

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Printed Board of Pharmacy Reports are a won- Crude Drugs Not to be Thrown Upon the New derful convenience for the pharmaceutical journals. York Market.—It was imagined by many that the They insure correct interpretation of the names by the failure of the Stallman & Fulton Co. would throw printer and otherwise facilitate the publishing of the upon the market a large quantity of crude drugs to be proceedings of each meeting. The Kansas Board of disposed of at a forced sale. Through the influence of Pharmacy in this respect sets a good example for other other dealers who feared a demoralization of the marboards. We suggest that the secretary of each board ket, the creditors have been induced to abide by the communicate with W. E. Sherriff, of Ellsworth, and decision of a committee having charge of the business learn just how it is done.

and the drugs will be disposed of in divided lots, at Charles McBride, of Kingston, N. Y., is busy in his regular market prices. This is disappointing to bar

dual capacity as president of gain hunters but shows the value of cooperation and the New York State Phar- the necessity of maintaining market prices. The remaceutical Association and tail druggists who are inclined to break away from the first vice-president of the

N. A. R. D. and favor cut rates should keep the above N. A. R. D. Mr. McBride lesson in mind. is a thorough business man, Illegible Prescriptions are perhaps admissible at a a competent worker, and an

board of pharmacy examination, but we must protest up-to-date pharmacist.

against the illegible sets of examination questions New York City Pharma- submitted by the boards of pharmacy to candidates cists gave the N. A. R. D.

for registration. Some of these sets are written in an $1,000.00 back dues. The illegible hand and then bectographed or mimeomoney was raised by an en- graphed. Others are legibly written in the original tertainment bizarre and copy but poorly reproduced or carelessly blurred bedance which netted the local

fore the sheets are dry. Still other sets of examinaorganization over $2,000.00. tions have the questions brutally abbreviated, even

Jacob Diner, chairman of the uncommon terms being mutilated by abbreviation unprogram committee, is to be congratulated.

til they look worse than a canine with tail, ears, etc.,

removed. In some examples brought to our attention, Pharm. Bac.—We thought that the United States the only member of the board who could interpret the had pretty well covered the field of possibilities in

examination was the one who made out the set of pharmaceutical degrees, but this appendage is a new

questions. The technique of a board of pharmacy exone and hails from Scotland, where the University of

amination is a good subject for consideration by the Edinburg confers the degree of bachelor of pharmacy

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. We and custom designates the title as “Pharm Bac.” It hope that President Hubbard will recognize bis opseems that the universities of Scotland do not have

separate pharmaceutical faculties, but confer the de-
grees from the medical department.

To Calculate the Percentage of Ingredients in a

Prescription.—This is becoming a problem where Employes Not to be presented With Adulterated

prescriptions come under the Pure Food and Drugs or Misbranded Goods.—The Board of Food and Drug

Law. W. A. Ford, with Chas. Leich & Co., EvansInspection announce that it has been requested to per

ville, Ind., bas devised the following rule which H. E. mit the importation of misbranded or adulterated food

Barnard, Indiana State Food and Drug Commissioner, or drugs intended for consumption by the importers or for free distribution among the friends or employes of

says is sufficiently correct to answer the purpose:

Rule or Formula.
the importers. The board announces that such per-
mission cannot be given. This must be pleasing news

Multiply the per cent of objectionable drug in each item by the

number of units in that item; divide the sum of the per cents by to the friends and employes of such importers.

the total number of units in the prescription and the quotient Sudden Death From Unknown Causes is usually

will be the per cent required. associated with heart disease in the opinion of the


Units Alcohol Ether Morphine public at large. Statistics collected by Dr. Wescott,

Ether (100 %)

ounces 1%
for many years coroner of London, indicate mathe-

| Alcohol 48%

matical justification for such conclusons. He found

1 Morphine 1.25%

Spts. Nitre (Alcohol 90%)
that sixty per cent of sudden deaths were due

Whiskey (Alcohol 50 %)
to heart disease. Of the remainder, thirty per cent
were caused by brain trouble, and ten per cent from


.16) 880-55% diseases of the lungs. These statistics are particularly


. 16) 150-10% interesting at this time to our readers in St. Louis and


16) 3.13-.2% this section of the country, on account of the sudden death from brain hemorrhage of Prof. Louis Soldan, The Wisdom of a wise man looks like the hole in a superintendent of the St. Louis public schools and doughnut when a small boy begins to ask him one of the prominent educators of this country. questions.














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