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August 9, 1941

Corner Druggist

JAMA. 1941;117(6):494. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820320086034

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The doctors and the dentists and the lawyers and the editors have been writing their autobiographies, and in some instances their sons have been exploiting their careers. Now comes the biography of a corner druggist, written by his son. It is a lively book, and any one who has wasted his hours gossiping with the druggist at night back of the prescription counter, or more recently behind the soda fountain, knows that the druggists have a lively time. Not all of their spare time is spent in selling stamps. The corner druggist, whose story is told here, was a druggist of the old school. Apparently in the old days they were frequently besought to provide pills for removing the premature progeny of seduction; they prescribed for venereal disease, and they advised the family about conditions in general. Modern scientific pharmacy is apparently removing some of the romance from this lively

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