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Exhibitions of pharmaceutical preparations, surgical instruments and appliances, and to some extent periodicals and books, in connection with the annual meetings of the American Medical Association, and with many of the State Medical Societies, have been increasing in magnitude from year to year, until they undeniably attract no inconsiderable part of the attention of many of the members attending these meetings. As stated in the American Lancet for June, 1888, the "exhibition is simply a collection of drummers with their samples. They are polite, intelligent and obliging, but after all they are tradesmen pure and simple, whose sole object is to make money for the firms they represent." And we may add that, as such tradesmen, they have the right to assemble in any city where the Medical Association may hold its annual session and procure such rooms for their exhibition as they please, and conduct it under such regulations
A SECTION OF PHARMACY AND MATERIA MEDICA.. JAMA. 1888;XI(2):57–58. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400540021003