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September 28, 1912

DESIRABILITY OF A MORE RESTRICTED MATERIA MEDICA FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE PHARMACIST

JAMA. 1912;LIX(13):1158-1159. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090402005
Abstract

The point of view of the pharmacist is the point of view of the composite who seeks, finds, identifies, collects, preserves, prepares, standardizes and dispenses remedial agents. And let it be understood and accepted that this tremendous and powerful composite would not be led to seek and prepare this great mass of material if there were no market for it. Do not be misled to believe that the market grows less and less profitable. The contrary is most positively proved by cold, commercial figures, carefully collected, at considerable expense, by our progressive "Uncle Samuel." Therapeutic nihilism has had about as much effect on the misuse of drugs as political nihilism has had on the misuse of governmental power. Rationalism is the better remedy for. both evils.

Wherever there is a market, there will be market-men, and the market will invariably afford just that class and quality of goods that is

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