In this section the student acquires a desirable acquaintance with the different forms in which medicines are used, by personally making the different official preparations, and carefully noting their physical characteristics, the relative strength of allied preparations, the availability and desirability of the several different forms, the alka-loidal content where such is known, the leading utility of each preparation, and the average dose. So far as possible, ascertain the physical merits of each preparation. Endeavor, also, to acquire an identifying acquaintance with the selected preparations.

In the few required assays introduced, be not satisfied except with the most careful work. Let your scrupulousness in accuracy exemplify the way you expect to administer powerful drugs to those who will later place confidence in you. Acquire merited skill now.

Further reference may be had to the U. S. Pharmacopoeia.