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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 24/31, 2000


Author Affiliations

JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 2000;283(20):2634. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2634

The action taken by THE JOURNAL in regard to the proprietary and secret nostrums is having the effect of arousing to action those interested in these products. They are actively at work with the object of getting control of the Section on Materia Medica, Pharmacy and Therapeutics of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION next month, and to accomplish this they are sending circular letters broadcast. Those addressed are editors of certain medical journals whose support comes only from their advertising pages, drug journals, and physicians whose influence they are hoping to get. Well-known secret nostrum houses of St. Louis and New York are especially energetic, and spare neither postage stamps nor even telegraph tolls. Many of the letters have been forwarded to THE JOURNAL by those who received them, although it has not been favored with any sent direct by the gentlemen managing the enterprise. When The Journal took up the fight against secret nostrums, it expected opposition and is not surprised at the first skirmish of the battle. But we can assure the gentlemen that they need not be in the least afraid that the "German chemical houses" will get control of the Section, any more than will the secret-nostrum houses. It will be controlled in the future, as in the past, by physicians of standing in the profession.