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Two weeks ago we pointed out that the principal functions of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry will consist in passing on the ethical merits of proprietary remedies from the pharmaceutical and chemical point of view. The next step lies with the medical profession. It is the duty of every physician to realize this and to assist in reducing the indiscriminate employment of products that are at all secret in their composition; for their present enormous use is a reflection on the acumen and the common sense of the profession as a whole. The reason there is so much of this prescribing of proprietary remedies, the vast majority of which are secret, is not hard to discover.
First, there is an ever-increasing tendency to abandon the old and tried preparations. There seems to be an inherent tendency in all things to assume that the new is necessarily superior to the
THE ABUSE OF PROPRIETARY MEDICINES.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):879. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500380043007