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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 17, 2004


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(11):1394. doi:10.1001/jama.291.11.1394

There was a time when the drug store was really an apothecary shop for the dispensing of drugs on prescription of physicians. Now the average city drug store, at least, has become a bazar in which almost everything under the sun, and a few other things beside, can be purchased at cut prices. There are undoubtedly many things apart from the materials used for prescriptions that might properly find a place in a drug store. But the present heterogeneous collection of things so overshadows the original purpose of the institution that it is easy to understand how prescription filling becomes a very secondary department, with consequent neglect of due attention to this originally most important function, and there follow the evils of substitution, since the already crowded store has no room for the variety of drugs that may legitimately be called for.

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