The British Pharmacopoeia has provided official standards for the
quality of substances, medicinal products and articles used in
medicine since its first publication in 1864. It is used in over
100 countries and remains an essential global reference in
pharmaceutical research and development and quality control. This
book explores how these standards have been achieved through a
comprehensive review of the history and development of the
pharmacopoeias in the UK, from the early London, Edinburgh and
Dublin national pharmacopoeias to the creation of the British
Pharmacopoeia and its evolution over 150 years. Trade in medicinal
substances and products has always been global, and the British
Pharmacopoeia is placed in its global context as an instrument of
the British Empire as it first sought to cover the needs of
countries such as India and latterly as part of its role in
international harmonisation of standards in Europe and elsewhere.
The changing contents of the pharmacopoeias over this period
reflect the changes in medical practice and the development of
dosage forms from products dispensed by pharmacists to commercially
manufactured products, from tinctures to the latest monoclonal
antibody products. The book will be of equal value to historians of
medicine and pharmacy as to practitioners of medicine, pharmacy and
pharmaceutical analytical chemistry.
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||The History of Medicine in Context
Anthony C Cartwright
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