In the report of this committee made last year, the fundamental principles which should govern physicians in the employment of proprietary medicines were presented, and their adoption by the section was the first concrete result from several years of speculation. The enunciation of these principles, no doubt largely aided, if they did not influence, the Board of Trustees of the A. M. A., which, through the Secretary, the Editor of The Journal, authorized the organization of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry for the purpose of taking up this question in a practical manner.
During the five months the Council has been at work, many phases of the proprietary-medicine question have come up for consideration, but the one which to our mind is the most important, and which it is thought most apropriate to bring before the Section is that of the nomenclature of this class of medicines.
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