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"I know the high character and standing of most of the business men in this country. My experience along this line has been somewhat large, yet I have never found men engaged in business, no matter how elevated their principle or how pure their purpose, who were quite suited to sit in judgment upon proposed standards for their own products. It is a principle in our courts that any judge who has heretofore been interested in any way, directly or indirectly, in any case which comes before the court withdraws from the proceedings of the court when such a case is considered."
The statement here quoted is from the presidential address of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley before the United States Pharmacopeial Convention in 1920. This year the convention was a debacle in which all the fears that assailed Dr. Wiley came to fruition. Rumor had it that, before the convention,
THE PHARMACOPEIAL CONVENTION. JAMA. 1930;94(21):1707–1708. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710470071013