The title assigned to this article implies a contest or a trying, not, as I understand it, a test of the relative merits or values of the several classes of medicines, enumerated from a pharmacologic, pharmaceutic or even a therapeutic standpoint, but a test of their respective merits or values rated by their effects on the progress, utility and characters of medicines and pharmacy.
That proprietary medicines, some of them veritable nostrums, are in active competition with regularly authorized and open formula preparations for the patronage of physicians is abundantly proven by the oft appearing detail man, by the prodigious amount of mail received by physicians and by the teeming advertising pages of medical journals.
That these same proprietary and often times secret formula preparations have already won considerable favor with physicians is unmistakably shown by the figures presented here to-night, by frequently appearing statistics of a similar character and
HYNSON HP. NOSTRUMS AND PROPRIETARIES VS. U. S. PHARMACOPEIA AND NATIONAL FORMULARY PREPARATIONS.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(15):1243-1245. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220410019001e