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October 5, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(14):1190-1191. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530140036007

There is mystery in the name of enzyme and magic in the nucleoproteins, and both are coined by the pharmaceutical "manufacturers" into yellow gold. Every new discovery in physiology or pathology offers possibilities for the introduction of a new therapeutic agent, which often appears on the market long before the physiologists or pathologists are themselves ready to interpret the significance of the discovery, much less to advise therapeutic measures based on it. This particular branch of commercial enterprise offers peculiar opportunities for preying on the public through the physician, for the latter is approached from a side that is of necessity weak and made to believe honestly that he is giving his patients the benefits of the most recent advances in medical science, whereas in reality he is acting as the unconscious agent of a thriving gold-brick industry.

It is no discredit to the practicing physician that he is not

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