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Among the most important steps for the advancement in the United States of the practice of scientific therapy was the establishment of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry by the American Medical Association. The Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry was organized to protect the medical profession and the public against fraud, undesirable secrecy and objectionable advertising in connection with proprietary medicinal articles. A proprietary article means any chemical, drug or similar preparation used in the treatment of disease and protected against free competition as to name, product, composition or process of manufacture by secrecy, patent, copyright or other means. Notwithstanding the wholly laudable character of these functions, the creation of the Council was met by a furor of opposition from manufacturers, salesmen and the venal medical press which derived from this unsavory business profits tainted by their origin from the helpless sick and the dying. Patients must depend on their
COUNCIL STANDARDS AND MEDICAL ADVERTISING. JAMA. 1943;123(6):354–355. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840410036010