February 25, 1899


Author Affiliations

Member American Medical Association, New York County Association, Medical Society County of Kings, and New York County Medical Society. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(8):421-422. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450350025002k

Ægrescite medendo:  "The medicine increases the disease," is an appropriate motto for the introduction of this paper, for by the unskillful exhibition of coaltar products in disease great harm has resulted. The immense and very extraordinary development of synthetic chemistry has exerted a profound influence upon the medical practice of recent times. The German school has inundated this side of the water with their synthetic compounds—legions of them have been introduced—we have been bombarded with discoveries of new organic compounds by the organic chemist, all purporting to possess marvelous and rare virtues, and foisted upon us with the brazen assurance that they open up vast possibilities of therapeutic application. Is it not time to call a halt upon the arrogant assumption of these foreign proprietors of synthetic drugs who dictate to us with such unblushing effrontery, and give the older medicine as chance? I lift my voice against the indiscriminate

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