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August 6, 1910

Pharmacologic Fetishisms—A Demand Made on the Iconoclast

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JAMA. 1910;55(6):520. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330060072029

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To the Editor:  It would be hard to express one's sensation after reading Dr. Barton's articles on this subject (May 15, 1909, p. 1557, and July 23, 1910, p. 284). I venture the assertion that every drug or combination of drugs mentioned in the two papers has been and is being used daily by physicians, with real or fancied results.As there should be no tearing down without building up, it would be interesting to know what Dr. Barton considers effective treatment in the conditions mentioned. Our patients are not greatly impressed with hot-water compresses in sprains. When they employ us they usually look for a more elaborate treatment than they are capable of administering to themselves. If the time-honored lead and opium lotion (and I presume all applications of the same character) has no virtue, pray what are we to use? I think Dr. Barton owes the profession a

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