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Paris, Ill., March 10, 1905.
To the Editor:
—A few days ago I received a pamphlet gotten out by a proprietary medicine firm, containing an editorial from the Vermont Medical Monthly, attempting to justify the use of secret remedies. We are not surprised to find such articles in some so-called medical journals, but expect better things from the official organ of a state medical society. Some physicians throw secret remedy circulars into the waste paper basket at once, but I examine them, because some are well written, and because I enjoy separating the true from the false statements which they contain. After giving the subject a good deal of thought I have come to the conclusion that any physician who prescribes a secret remedy is not only very foolish, but does great harm to the community in which he pretends to practice medicine. He is like the physician who, when
Broeck WHT. The Abuse of Proprietary Remedies.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):887. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500380051019