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August 13, 1910

THE RÔLE OF THE PHARMACIST IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

JAMA. 1910;55(7):557-558. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330070011003
Abstract

The words "preventive medicine" have, to a commercial druggist, a significance which he has yet failed to grasp entirely in its far-reaching influences. The term "preventive medicine," according to our lexicographers, means, "something taken, used, or done beforehand to ward off disease." While, in one sense, prophylactics are medicines which are intended to prevent disease, specifically the term "preventive medicine" has a much wider application and means "medicine that aims to ward off disease by properly directed personal and public hygiene."

While the pharmacist has not, and should not have, the proper equipment for diagnosis and the prescribing of remedies in serious cases, he should be imbued thoroughly with the principles of preventive medicine, and, as far as in him lies, bend his energies in the direction of stamping out disease in season and out of season.

It would at first appear that the pharmacist's rôle is necessarily a restricted

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