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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 3, 2007


JAMA. 2007;298(13):1578. doi:10.1001/jama.298.13.1578

There is mystery in the name of the enzyme and magic in the nucleoproteins, and both are coined by the pharmaceutical “manufacturers” into yellow gold. Every new discovery in physiology or pathology offers possibilities for the introduction of a new therapeutic agent, which often appears on the market long before physiologists or pathologists are themselves ready to interpret the significance of the discovery, much less to advise therapeutic measures based on it. This particular branch of commercial enterprise offers peculiar opportunities for preying on the public through the physician, for the latter is approached from a side that is of necessity weak and made to believe honestly that he is giving his patients the benefits of the most recent advances in medical science, whereas in reality he is acting as the unconscious agent of a thriving gold-brick industry.

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