November 9, 1912

The Proprietary Evil and "Gullible Doctors"

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Dyersville, Iowa.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(19):1733. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110147030

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To the Editor:  —After reading your knocks and boosts of the issue of October 19, I think that the term "gullible doctors" might be applied to the profession in its relation to the proprietary evil. It seems as if there were a large percentage of the profession waiting for some salesman to come along and hand him green or pink pills, telling him that they are good for almost everything, from nephritis to the vomiting of pregnancy, and explaining how much more cheaply than the other fellow he can sell to you. It was only the other day when one of these men walked into my office, pulled out a concoction of some kind and started to tell me that it was good for nephritis. I asked him what nephritis was and he said, "Doctor, I didn't come here to be quizzed; I am here to sell you goods." I

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