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June 30, 1906

RELATION OF PHYSICIANS TO THE SO-CALLED "ETHICAL" PROPRIETARY MEDICINES.

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POMEROY, WASH.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(26):1992-1993. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510530012002d

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Abstract

The medical profession is awakening to the fact that it has been made a cat's paw to rake out the proverbial chestnuts for the proprietary manufacturers. The work done by several lay papers and by The Journal of the American Medical Association and by a few other medical journals is having good results in causing physicians to try to see where they are.

There can be no doubt of the justice of the censure that has been passed on a number of proprietary manufacturers. The exposure of their methods has been so complete and the evidence against them so conclusive that there is no room for question.

There is no language too strong to use in condemnation of crooked concerns and their methods, but the question arises: For how much of this state of affairs are the members of our profession responsible? If not responsible for the sins of the

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