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November 16, 1907

The Chemistry of Commerce. A Simple Interpretation of Some New Chemistry in Its Relation to Modern Industry.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1711-1712. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200069031

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The author uses special instances of the application of science to industry to make a story as interesting as a romance and full of information which should be of value and interest to physicians as well as to laymen. The lessons drawn concern not only the trades which are described but are also suggestive for others. Most important of all is the moral lesson that more is to be gained by increasing efficiency and economy by the intelligent application of science than by high finance or deceptive advertising. In other words, honesty is, after all, the best policy. The author holds that the business of lying advertisements has been so overdone that people are beginning to be slow to believe such exaggerated statements, and many manufacturers have actually begun to advertise the plain truth. The pure food law is one expression of popular will in this matter and will probably

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