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April 23, 1898

THE RELATION OF THE PHYSICIAN TO THE PURITY OF DRUGS.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(17):992-993. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440690052009

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Abstract

The old saying " none are so blind that they will not see," is well exemplified by the lack of regard shown by some physicians concerning the conditions as to purity and excellence of the medicines which they prescribe. The surgeon usually has sufficient acumen to recognize the fact that his instruments must be thoroughly reliable if creditable results are to be reached and after some years of experience he learns to regard a certain manufacturer's products reliable and usually purchases his supplies from that source until some accident reveals to him that his confidence has been misplaced. Not so with the physician who writes a prescription for his patient and sends him out to get it filled by whom and where he will, or who for motives of economy purchases for his own dispensing cheap pharmaceutic products which must needs be uncertain in their effect. Can anything be more suicidal

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