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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 16, 2007


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(19):2145. doi:10.1001/jama.297.19.2145

The report on medicinal foods by the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association, which was printed in THE JOURNAL last week (page 1612), contains information of vital importance to all practicing physicians. In order that when they use these preparations they may do so on a rational basis, it would, indeed, be well if every doctor in the country would read again, first, the report of the Council, and then, as a comment thereon, Dr. Edsall's letter in this issue (page 1694). It has been said that publicity is the best remedy for certain public evils. The facts in regard to so-called medicinal foods—their failure to measure up fully to what has been and is claimed for them, their great relative cost, their dangerous alcohol content, and the likelihood that some physician following blindly the optimistic suggestions of those commercially interested will do his patients harm—these facts are now public, and every intelligent physician who becomes familiar with these facts may be counted on to take the necessary steps to guard himself and his patients against placing more confidence in these articles than they deserve.