Introduction to the scanned version.

King's American Dispensatory

By Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D.

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Toxicology, and Professor of Anatomy, in the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio; Editor of Locke's Syllabus of Materia Medica and Therapeutics; Ex-President of the Ohio State Eclectic Association, Etc., Etc., Etc.


John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.

Professor of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Toxicology, in the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio; Formerly Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacy in the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy; Ex-President of the American Pharmaceutical Association; Author of The Chemistry of Medicines, Drugs and Medicines of North America; A Study in Pharmacy; Etidorhpa, Etc., Etc., Etc.

Entirely Rewritten and Enlarged.

Eighteenth Edition. Third Revision.

In Two Volumes.

Published by
Ohio Valley Co., Cincinnatti

Scanned version copyright © 1999–2019 Henriette Kress.

You can copy this for your own personal use, but you may not copy it to your website. Instead, you should link to it. The URL is . Commercial use prohibited.

I started scanning King's in July 1999, and (wipes sweat off brow) it's all done now, in February 2002. That's quite a few hours of scanning, OCR'ing and tidying up the .html.

A few numbers, for those who are so inclined:

  • the printed books come in 2 volumes and contain 2172 pages + index.
  • the .rtf version (which is not online (nor will it be)) (but which is the same as the .html version, except for the .html coding) is 8.8 MB and would, if printed out, use up 1483 pages of A4 paper, with 1.5 cm margins all around, in single spaced Times New Roman, font size 12.
  • that same .rtf version contains 1085893 words, or 5659678 characters (or about a million more, if you count spaces, too). Whew... remember, I've scanned it and OCR'd it, and then I've spellchecked all of it twice.
  • this .html version is 12.3 MB worth of 1398 .html pages.
  • I really haven't scanned it for entrepreneurs to make a fast buck off it, so if you see CDs which contain it that aren't Paul Bergner's (or MM's), let me know.

A facsimile reprint of the original is available from Eclectic Medical Publications; it costs about 285 USD, and weighs a bit over 4 kg, or a bit over 9 lbs. Don't get burned on or - sometimes they sell that very set for more than 300 USD, there.

All plants, the plant acids, and all herb-related preparations are up. I might still do the rather unimportant appendices, like "pharmaceutical latin" and such, but don't hold your breath.

As always, you need to know your plants before you use information this old.

Have fun!
Helsinki, 08Feb02

On measurements:

How to read the numbers:
Oj. = 1 pint
℥viij. = 8 troy ounces
ʒss. = ½ drachm
♏i = 1 minim
gtts. ij. = 2 drops
grs. x. = 10 grains

Weight and volume tables from the U.S. Dispensatory, 1876: dispensatory.html, with the difference between Troy and Avoirdupois ounces, drachms etc., and some Imperial measurements. And metrics.

King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.