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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 16, 2005


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

JAMA. 2005;293(11):1399. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1399-a

Two weeks ago we pointed out that the principal functions of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry will consist in passing on the ethical merits of proprietary remedies from the pharmaceutical and chemical point of view. The next step lies with the medical profession. It is the duty of every physician to realize this and to assist in reducing the indiscriminate employment of products that are at all secret in their composition; for their present enormous use is a reflection on the acumen and the common sense of the profession as a whole. The reason there is so much of this prescribing of proprietary remedies, the vast majority of which are secret, is not hard to discover.

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