Recently preparations containing sex hormones have been promoted to the public with extraordinary enthusiasm. Principal among these are preparations containing female sex hormones. Elsewhere in this issue is an article by Eller and Wolff1 reviewing the present status of hormones and vitamins in cosmetics.
The Journal has fought for years against the indiscriminate promotion to the public of preparations which are dangerous or potentially dangerous, as well as those for which value has not yet been established. The Journal's activities in this respect have been in the interests of the public health. A substance which may be exceedingly useful in the hands of physicians could gain ill repute from untoward effects following its promiscuous, ill advised and unwise use in self medication by the layman. The Journal has been constantly fearless in forewarning against possible ill effects, rather than waiting until such effects have ensued. Such has been the
THE PUBLIC BE WARNED. JAMA. 1940;114(19):1886. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810190048013