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THEODORE FREDERICK HAGENOW.
In the Pharmaceutical Eye is Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, of Washing
Theodore Frederick Hagenow, second vice-presiton, D. C., Chief of the
dent of the N. A. R. D., was represented on the Bureau of Chemistry of the frontispiece of the MEYER BROTHERS DRUGgist for Department of Agriculture. December, 1902, at which time he was president of the He is chairman of the com
St. Louis College of Pharmacy, also of the St. Louis mission designated by the
Association of Retail Druggists. new Pure Drug and Food The British Medical Association does not forget Law to make rules and reg- that Canada is her own country and she occasionally ulations for the enforcement visits this continent. The last convention was held of the act. The doctor is a at Toronto in August of this year. The meeting was member of the A. Ph. A. and attended by a large number of physicians from the has attended some of the States, among them being several prominent St. Louis meetings. His new duties physicians. The proceedings of the convention were will bring him into promi- eminently scientific from the medical point of view
nence among all who are but, strange to say, the local daily papers found much identified in any way with the drug trade.
to occupy their attention in a popular vein. As an ex
DR. H. W. WILEY.
ample, one of the English physicians read a very technical paper in which, among other things, he incidentally explained the physiological and pathological cause of cold feet. The local reporters who may have had “cold feet” up to that time as they listened to strange words soon warmed up to the occasion, and the morning papers surprised the scientific physicians with their interpretation of the term “cold feet which has a popular significance which we are not called upon to explain in these columns. The astonishment among the British physicians, who are generally supposed to be slow to see the point of a joke, was even greater than that of Dr. Osler when the associated press turned to the account of yellow journalism his essay on the most efficient working years of a man's life and his passing reference to the use of chloroform. Somewhat more serious in consequence was the address of another physician who, in answer to a toast, made a prohibition address worthy of the once celebrated John B. Gough. The temperance organizations were quick to make capital of the address while some folks were
for sudden, unexpected and unexplainable changes in prices on a single article, but the upward tendency all along the line with volatile oils is an unusual experience. Perhaps the most rational explanation that has been offered is the fact of the new Pure Drug and Food Law which is forcing out of trade artificial, mixed and adulterated oils. The retail trade must be prepared to pay for pharmacopoeial oils. Perhaps in no other line of medicines has the tendency in the past been so great in favor of cheap goods. In addition to the above reasons for high prices on volatile oils, is the fact that labor is commanding a better price, almost the world over than for years past. Many drugs are gathered in foreign countries by persons who follow that occupation when nothing better presents itself. Our readers who live in districts where indigenous drugs are gathered can fully appreciate this statement.
Taken all in all, the advance in prices of drugs is a natural result of the Pure Drug and Food Law and an incouraging indication for the just enforcement of the
press handled the matter in a way which temporarily | The Holiday Season Will Soon Be Upon Us and we
increased the circulation of the daily papers. The vis- trust that the readers of the MEYER BROTHERS DRUGiting physicians of eminence were the passive partici
GIST will enter heartily into the festivities of the season pants in another transaction which attracted the public
and find that the past year has brought them much attention. The University of Toronto conferred the for which they should he thankful. The new year, degree of LL. D. upon fourteen distinguished members
with its new resolutions, looks bright for pharmacy. of the British Medical Association. Of course these
It should be an occasion of stock taking not only of diplomas were stamped "honoris causa,” but to the goods in store but all conditions surrounding your public mind this did not explain the wholesale distri- business. The retailer, the wholsaler and the manubution of diplomas. McGill University, of Montreal,
facturer can well afford to carefully study the invery modestly cut its list down to four, but selected
fluences which have determined their progress during this quartet from those who had previously been
the past twelve months and then decide upon a definite clothed in sheepskin by the University of Toronto.
course to be pursued in 1907. The MEYER BROTHERS The comments were numerous but no one thought to DRUGGIST 'extends to all of its readers the heartiest recall the statement of the great European surgeon, Dr. greetings. A merry Christmas and a happy new year Lorenz, who was refused the right to perform a surgi- is an expression familiar from early childhood. We cal operation in Chicago before he had passed an ex
hope that each year will add a pleasant significance to amination given by the Illinois Board of Health, but the formal greeting. received from the Northwestern University the degree
Gambier and Catechu.—The reports made by various of LL. D. without as much as intimating that he had
wholesale drug firms on the influence of the substituany use for such a title.' In fact, the blunt Dr. Lorenz,
tion by the Pharmacopeia of gambier for catechu do in his frank manner, said that the State of Illinois doubted his word when he said that he was a com
not seem to agree. One jobber says, “our experience
since the new Pharmacopoeia became official is that petent surgeon and then turned around and gave him
nearly all orders call for gambier in place of catechu.” a diploma as a counsellor at law when he knew noth
Another firm writes, “we have failed to notice any ining whatever about the intricacies of the legal profes
fluence whatever on the relative number of orders for sion. In one respect the meeting of the British Asso
catechu and gambier since the latter became official.” ciation was very much like other medical conventions.
A third firm informs us that the drug trade orders for It had an exhibit as a prominent feature and the
these goods is but a small fraction of the amount sold British visitors, the Canadian physicians and even the
to tanners, dyers, manufacturers of boiler compounds, doctors from across the line over in the states filled
etc. The latter, of course, know nothing about the their pockets with a collection of samples of remedies
Pharmacopoeia. reputed to cure all ills of mankind. Exhibits are no longer a feature of pharmaceutical conventions, but
One Cent Letter Postage was heartily endorsed by the average doctor would feel at a loss if not permitted
the A. Ph. A. and equally so by the N. A. R. D. It is to visit the exhibit hall.
one thing to endorse the movement and quite another
thing for the government to decide that one cent letter The Essential Oil Market Has Advanced to a point postage is timely. We trust that Uncle Sam will try which surprises the drug trade. Dealers are prepared the experiment.
known to be actively at work in the United States at STRAY ITEMS AND COMMENTS. the present time. The United States Commissioner of
Education, however, found but sixty-three when preSan Francisco Sufferers received assistance from paring his recent report. These institutions turned out the drug trade of this country to the amount of nearly 1,308 graduates last year, or about 29% of their stud
ents. a quarter of a million dollars.
The Medical Societies of London have decided to Both Wise Men and Fools shake their heads over the danger of some other man handling a cold bottle,
unite in one organization. An idea of what this means and Elbert James, of Enid, Okla., is a living example
can be gained from the following list of London Medi
cal Societies: of the danger, as he suffered a four inch cut in his arm
1. Anæsthetic; 2. Balneological and Climatological; 3. Clinithe other day from handling a pop bottle.
cal; 4. Dermatological; 6. Diseases of Children; 6. Electro-TheraPoisoning From Oil of Tansy.-A physician writing peutical; 7. Epidemiological; 8. Laryngological; 9. Life Insur
ance; 10. Medical; 11. Neurological; 12. Obstetrical and Gynæcoon the subject to a medical exchange reports two cases
logical; 13. Odontological; 14. Ophthalmological; 15. Otologiand says that he has only seen the report of one other cal; 16. Pathological; 17. Surgical; 19. Therapeutical. case although he has carefully watched the medical Quinine and Opium Importations.—These are probliterature. Have any of the readers of the MEYER ably the most important medicines used throughout BROTHER DRUGGIST cases to report?
the civilized world. Some idea of the amount conHoliday Greeting.—The MEYER BROTHERS DRUG- sumed in the United States is gained from the followGIST wishes its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy ing statistic. New Year. We trust that the next twelve months will
The Quantity of Quinine and Opium Imported into this country.
June 30, 1905 to June 30, 1906. be generous to each one of our readers. May you re
469,387 lbs. ceive a fair share of all the good things that are afloat
Opium crude, value..
$1,143,683 during 1907 and especially an abundance of good health
138,649 lbs. and prosperity.
Opium, Smoking, value.. $1,296,539
4,750,792 ozs. The Drug Market is commented upon in a very in
Quinive, sulphate of, value $740,313 teresting manner by Prof. Edgar L. Patch, chair
Quinine, Cinchona bark.......... 4,076, 573 ozs.
Quinine, Cinchona bark, value.... $383,726. man of the Committee on Drug Adulterations of the A. Ph. A. We are pleased to give the introduction to
A Peculiar Lid.--Our readers are familiar with the his report and we direct the careful attention of the
Missouri Lid resurrected by Governor Folk and placed readers of the MEYER BROTHERS DRUGGIST to the ex
on the sale of intoxicating liquors on Sunday. For pressions which it contains.
fifteen years France has been endeavoring to fit a lid,
and very recently adopted a law which forbids work Sea Island Twine is Scarce. In fact, the St. Louis
on Sunday. Of course, there are exceptions and these jobbers early in November had sold out every ball and exceptions would cause the anti-lid society of St. orders placed with manufacturers several months back
Louis to smile and the Governor to thank his lucky star remain unfilled. We learn that the cotton mills are so
that he is not a governor in France. The new French crowded with orders for goods on which they make a
law exempts from the list of Sunday closing, hospitals, high profit that they are holding orders for sea island dispensaries, drug stores and saloons. The fact that twine until more profitable goods have been filled.
France had one saloon for every fifteen adult males The Holiday Season will soon be upon us. It is may explain why an effort was not made to place a lid the time when all mankind feels more closely akin. The MEYER BROTHERS DRUGGIST wishes the profes- The Lloyd Library Recognized in England.—The sion all the good things that such a responsible and late surgeon general of England, James Pattison exacting calling deserves.
We can say to our dear Walker, gave the Lloyd Library, of Cincinnati, his readers, with a rare old writer:
entire library of books and manuscripts and placed We greet you as a host;
$30,000.00 in cash under the control of the library, the Unfold the pages of our heart
interest to be used for a specified purpose. We trust And read therein your welcome.
that this wise generosity will be emulated in our own Chinese Animal Drugs Admitted Free.—The cus
country. The Lloyd Library is purely a work of love tom authorities have been over-ruled by the circuit
on the part of John Uri and Curtis G. Lloyd. It is court and importers of such Chinese animal drugs as
strictly pharmaceutical and is a useful library for dried lizards, medicinal snakes, spotted lizards, iguana, pharmaceutical writers and teachers as well as all who newts and Ge Ko are admitted under paragraph 548 of
are interested in historical pharmacy. We make use the act of 1897 as "drugs such as dried insects which
of this opportunity of urging the readers of the MEYER are drugs and not edible and are in a crude state.”
BROTHERS DRUGGIST to send their pharmaceutical We wonder whether the customer will be given the periodicals, pamplets and books to the Lloyd Library advantage of the duty-free price or will the Chinese in place of giving them to individuals, selling them to pharmacist add this to his profit?
second-hand stores or, as is most frequently the case, Eighty-Eight Pharmaceutical Institutions consigning them to the waste basket or furnace.
D. J. FINK.
is no manufacturing I don't have anything to do, unPUBLIC EXPRESSIONS.
less there are extra prescriptions:-[0. A. BRADRICK,
Buying to an Advantage.-In reference to article apContributions on subjects of interest to the pharmaceutical
pearing in the October numprofession are always welcome. Write upon but one side of the sheet and spell out in full the names of medicines; never use
ber of the MEYER BROTHERS abbreviations. The editor pays no attention to anonymous com
DRUGGIST (page 308), by Mr. munications.
Stanley B. Simpson, entitled Missouri Legislation Needed. I desire to call your
“Buying to an Advantage,” I attention to some much needed legislation that might
would state I heartily inbe had by an united effort of the drug trade, assisted
dorse same, having had both
wholesale and retail expeby the physicians. The drug business is being ruined by the peddling outfits, and the practice of medicine
rience, I am in a position hurt by them.-[C. W. PATTON, Sampsell, Mo.
to fully appreciate what it
means to the retail pharmaMissouri Pharmacists and the Pure Food and
cist. It would be a good idea Drugs Law,-From recent rulings it appears that
if the jobbers would have reshould the National Pure Food Law be adopted in
prints sent to the retail trade. this state, a large part of druggists' stock would be
Many retail druggists not having these difficulties and come unsalable and it would be impossible to dis
suggestions presented to them in the right light, does pense prescriptions containing morphine, cocaine,
not realize them. I am sure they will make better alcohol, etc., without stating the contents on labels.
business men by reading same. While the article is To the medical and pharmaceutical profession this written from a jobbing standpoint, yet everything in would be very objectionable, and the general public it is rich with thought for the retailer. I may someand legislators do not realize what a long time it takes
time later write you an article from the retailers' ståndto work off a stock of patent medicines-two years is a
point, showing that some jobbers can improve in their very short time. I believe the next legislature will be
methods of doing business; also the little business very eager to adopt this bill, and the Missouri drug- points the retailer overlooks in his own business. gists should now look after their interests.-[ALBERT —[D. J. FINK, Holdrege, Secretary Neb. Bd. of Ph. N. DOERSCHUK, Kansas City.
A Fund for The Board of Pharmacy.—I make a The Educated and Bright Boys do not Enter
few suggestions and see what your readers think of Pharmacy.-I am in favor of a rule requiring one year
them. The Missouri Pharmaceutical Association might of high school work before registering as an appren
send a letter to every druggist in the state and ask him tice. If an apprentice is to finally become a registered
to send $1.00 to the association for the purpose of prosepharmacist, he should be of sufficient age and have
cuting men over this country that are running drug enough general education to be able to profit by
stores that are not registered and have no registered his training in the drug store or school of pharmacy,
clerks. Tell them that information will be filed at and this seems little enough if he expects to success
once against every druggist that is not registered. fully and satisfactorily complete his course of study
I believe that every druggist in the state who is a and training. Unfortunately the long hours required in most drug stores drives the best educated and bright- registered man will gladly send a dollar. Now I have
a case in mind where a drug store is run by a man that est boys into some other line of business, and it also,
knows nothing about the business except just what he induces the best graduates to seek other lines. Hence
has picked up. I would like to hear from your readers we have difficulty in securing the right sort of ap
in regard to this plan. I will ask you not to use my prentices and a great scarcity of good clerks.—[T. H.
name in regards to anything that might be done along PATTERSON, Chicago, Ill.
this line, I believe that our association should go right Life as a Hospital Pharmacist.—My job is easy
but after this matter and see that the standard of our provery tiresome, as there is so much time that I have fession is raised beyond what it is at present, and I nothing to do, but still I have to be arounih e build- know that we can do it if we will go after it, and go ing. My hours are from 7:30 a. m. to 11:00 a. m. and after it hard and at once.—[An M. Ph. A. member. from 2:00 p. m. to 5:00 p. m. At 7:30 a.m. I start over Editorial Comment.-A few years ago, an effort was the wards to gather up bottles which are to be refilled. made to raise a fund to assist the board of pharI have twenty-five wards to make which takes me un- macy in enforcing the law. Fifty dollars was the total til about 8:30. I make the refills and by that time amount collected and covered the expense of a single the doctors are in from making their rounds, and if prosecution which was brought to a successful conthey write any new prescriptions I fill them and then clusion. The board of pharmacy is doing the best it deliver them all. I generally get through with my can under present conditions. If the pharmacy law is work by 10:00 o'clock. Then in the afternoon I do my amended this winter so that re-registration is required, manufacturing if there is any to do-don't do much the board will have sufficient funds at its disposal to as I buy most everything already prepared. If there enforce the law.
pests when they are present in large numbers in difQUIZ DEPARTMENT.
ferent sections of the house. The only drawback is the
extremely poisonous character of the gas, and the diRead This Before You Ask a Question.
rections must be carefully followed, or serious results Many questions are thrown in the waste basket each month on will follow. The same gas is used in killing insects account of the correspondents failing to give name and address. The editor has a large basket for such questions. Write ques
found in granaries. The gas in no way effects the tions on separate sheets and on but one side of the paper. No
grain, as far as its use is concerned. Among housequestions will be answered by mail. Spell out in full every word; never abbreviate the names of medicines.
hold pests to be exterminated by this gas may be men
tioned cockroaches, bed-bugs, clothes moths, ants, Wall's Lessons in Latin (155).—I am studying white ants, house flies and other soft-bodied insects. pharmacy alone and wish some book as a guide in The bulletin to which we have referred gives the folLatin.
lowing directions for manufacturing and using the gas: Answer.—You will find Wall’s Lessons in Latin just "Recent experience indicates that in order to destroy the work. The price is $1.50.
the household insects mentioned, one fluid ounce of
commercial sulphuric acid, diluted with two fluid “Journal of Microscopy” (156).–At one time sev
ounces of water, to increase the bulk of the liquid and eral such periodicals were published in this country, but the last one suspended more than a year ago. The high-grade (98%) cyanide of potassium must be used
insure complete chemical action, and one ounce of Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society, London,
for every 100 cubic feet of space. England, is the leading publication of the kind in the
“Before performing the operation the house must be English language.
vacated, and it is well to do this just before nightfall. To Prepare for the Mo. Ph. Bd. Examination (157) It is not necessary to remove any of the furniture or we advise you to study Wall's Pharmacognosy Notes
household belongings, unless of polished nickel or and Beal's Pharmaceutical Interrogations. Unless you
brass, which may tarnish a little. Liquid or moist become familiar with the recognition of common drugs, foods, as milk or other larder supplies that are not dry pharmaceuticals and chemicals, you must not expect and might absorb the gas, should be removed from the to pass the examination.
house. All fires should be put out, for, while the gas The Missouri Pharmacy Law (158).-A St. Louis
will not burn under ordinary conditions, it is as well
to take no risks. daily paper reports fines for violating the Missouri Poison Law. Has this section of the pharmacy law
aw “On the floor of each room should be placed a large been changed since March 26, 1881? That is the date porcelain wash basin, and into each wash basin should of the law which I have in my poison register.
be poured the proportionate amount of water and sulAnswer.—The pharmacy law has met with many
phuric acid. It may be well to place under each wash changes during the past twenty-five years and your
basin a thick layer of newspapers, in order to avoid copy is decidedly out of date. We are publishing the
damage to carpet or rugs by the possible spattering of revised law in this issue of the MEYER BROTHERS
the acid acting upon the cyanide. All windows must DRUGGIST.
be closed, and if they are not tight they should be Discounts on the U. S. P. (159).-You cannot buy
calked with thin paper or cotton batting. Then the
operator, beginning at the top of the house, drops the the Pharmacopoeia in small quantity to an advantage proportionate amount of cyanide of potassium, previas you can the National Formulary (see MEYER BROTH
ously weighed out into thin paper sacks, into each ERS DRUGGIST, August 1906, p. 228). The following
wash bowl, running rapidly from room to room and rule governs the sale of the U. S. P. VIII.:
instantly closing the door behind him, descending Discounts.—The agent shall allow a discount of 25
ultimately to the ground floor, or even to the cellar, per cent from the full retail price, on all orders for 100
running finally into the open air through the open copies or more (of any one style of issue or of an as
door, which is instantly closed. sortment of several styles) purchased at one time; 20
“Hydrocyanic acid gas is lighter than air, and conper cent on orders for 25 copies or more, but less than
sequently rises. Therefore, the operation must be be100, and 15 per cent on orders for less than 25 copies.
gun at the top of the house. The next morning the Single copies they may sell at full retail price.
operator returns to the house, opens the last door, alIn no case shall the agent charge more than the full
lows a certain amount of airing, then enters hurriedly retail price of the book, or refuse to sell single copies if
and opens the windows of the first room or floor; then, the amount is tendered to them in current funds.
after the thorough airing of this one, another in turn, Hydrocyanic Acid Gas to Kill Household Insects thus gradually airing the whole house. The fumes (160).—The Division on Entomology of the United quickly overcome and are fatal to human beings; States Department of Agriculture has issued Circular hence the necessity for the utmost care and greatest No. 46, second series, giving details of experiments made speed in the initial operation and in the subsequent and directions for carrying out the most practical meth- airing and the undesirability of performing the experods of killing household insects with hydrocyanic gas. iment alone. The house should not be re-inhabited It seems to have been fully demonstrated that this is the until all trace of the odor of the gas has disappeared. most certain and practical method of killing insect This odor resembles that of peach kernels.”