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One of the primary reasons for the establishment of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association in 1905 was the desire of the editor of The Journal for scientific advice concerning claims made by advertisers for proprietary remedies. The policy adopted by the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association gave the fullest measure of support to the Council. The Board of Trustees determined to refuse space in the advertising pages of publications of the American Medical Association to advertisers of proprietary remedies who failed to submit their products or to meet the Council's requirements. Without such support by The Journal, the work of the Council would inevitably have failed. With that support the Council has made its work and its name respected by the medical profession and the proprietary medical industry.
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THE CENSORSHIP OF MEDICAL AND DENTAL ADVERTISING. JAMA. 1931;96(20):1697-1698. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720460043013