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January 27, 1906

THE "PATENT MEDICINE" AND NOSTRUM EVILS.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Medicine and Clinical Medicine in the Medico-Chirurgical College. PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(4):267-270. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510310029002e
Abstract

Encouraged by a small measure of success resulting from the efforts put forth in the recent past to stamp out the "patent medicine" and secret nostrum evils, it behooves the medical profession at large to forward the beneficent effects of an awakening that has come none too early, until victory for reputable therapeutics and pharmacy is no longer in doubt. Individual members of our profession and medical organizations can aid the progress of this praiseworthy work by a calm, temperate, dispassionate discussion of the question, more particularly by pointing out the reasons for the phenomenal success of these doubtful preparations and by urging measures of relief in the interests of the public and professional weal. It is the province of the trained and disinterested physician to give appropriate and efficient direction to the movement.

THE NATURE OF THE BUSINESS.  It is well known that adulterants are extensively introduced into foodstuffs

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