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March 15, 1913

Current Comment

JAMA. 1913;60(11):837-839. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340110043019

DRUG JOURNALS—HIGH CLASS AND OTHERWISE  The "patent-medicine" curse stands in the same relation to pharmacy as the "ethical proprietary" evil to medicine. The "proprietary" encourages unscientific prescribing and careless diagnoses on the part of the physician; the "patent medicine" leads many druggists to assume the functions of the physician and to prescribe for diseases of which they are ignorant. Fortunately there are signs of better things in both professions. As the more enlightened physicians, with the aid of the better medical journals, are striving to remove the blight of the proprietary evil, so the better class of pharmacists with the cooperation of a few high-grade drug journals, are doing their best to abolish the "patent-medicine" curse. Among the pharmaceutical publications that are doing good service to the profession they represent, the Druggists Circular of New York occupies a preeminent position. This journal stands for all that is best in pharmacy,

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