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It has been said that drug medication is a popular delusion of the nineteenth century. In these days of polypharmacy, the value of a single drug can not be always satisfactorily decided. The commerce of drugs, too, suggests so rapid an introduction of new remedies that even the names of many are quickly forgotten.
It is rare that a remedy is discovered which will occupy an entirely new place in therapeutics. The reliable effects of remedies now being introduced and those, the actions of which are yet to be studied, will be proven, and yet seldom may it not be said that these can, at best, but substitute those whose offices have been faithfully fulfilled for long periods of time. Since we have so many drugs credited with such similarity of action surely choice will ramble, hence the reason that the true value of some of our most valuable remedies
HOLMES HR. "VIBURNUM PRUNIFOLIUM."Read in the Section on Materia Medica and Pharmacy, at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at San Francisco, June 5-8, 1894.. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(17):631–632. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421220003001b