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September 7, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(10):856-857. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530100044009

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Newspaper prescribing obtains in many places, but some of the most shameless examples of it that we remember to have seen are to be found in the Philadelphia Record. In a recent issue of that journal this abuse is all the more flagrant in that it follows under the heading "Health and Hygiene," immediately after the official vital statistics, thereby acquiring in the minds of the thoughtless or less well-informed a fictitious authority. Prescriptions are published for twenty-eight applicants, on account of conditions which, so far as may be judged from the crude descriptions of the patients, range from simple "constipation" and "nervousness" to cardiac and other serious troubles. A noticeable feature is the fact that the writer recommends exceedingly potent drugs, which should never be used for self-doctoring or even be ordered by a physician for a patient who is not under his immediate observation; for instance, salts of

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