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September 29, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(13):1026. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520130050008

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The New York City Board of Health has recently shown by careful investigation that a considerable portion of the drugs which have been sold in the past year and even those which enter into the composition of physicians' prescriptions are either below grade in quality or are absolute substitutions of cheaper for more expensive materials in order to secure more profit for the dealer. It is, of course, an extremely sad state of affairs when human life and illness and suffering are trifled with in this manner for the paltry difference in profits that may thus accrue. The discovery has given rise to no little pessimistic discussion in the newspapers, as if this were the first time that any such unfortunate lapse from rectitude had been noted and as if our generation were by that so much worse than any of its predecessors. The adulteration of drugs, however, has nearly

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