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October 8, 1892

The Falsity of Nostrum Dealing.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(15):443. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420150027010

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Abstract

—The Positive Medicator, June, has formulated the following conclusions as the result of a very full knowledge of the ways and means of the patent-medicine vendors:

  1. They claim to be specifics, which they are not.

  2. The consumer pays an excessive price for a secret preparation when, were its formula know, the same preparation could be prepared and sold by his druggist at a reasonable figure.

  3. Simple remedies are clouded in secrecy and sold as valuable new discoveries, which they are not.

  4. Nostrums interfere with legitimate pharmacy, and being sold by dry goods bazaars, rob the pharmacist of his right alone to compound simple remedies for simple ailments.

  5. Their selling value depends not upon their merit, but entirely upon their being pushed by advertising, which advertising in the end the consumer has to pay for.

  6. There is no question but that the manner of advertising many nostrums is injurious to

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