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November 12, 1910

THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL ON PHARMACY AND CHEMISTRY

JAMA. 1910;55(20):1701-1705. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330200011003

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Abstract

I do not need to offer reasons for the existence of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association. We all of us know the deplorable state of things that led to its establishment. When lay journals could show that in centers of learning approximately one-half of the prescriptions filled were for proprietary remedies; when it was likewise evident that in nearly all instances these proprietary remedies were supervised as to their actual composition, their activity or potency, and all other important facts, by no one who was disinterested, and that we wera dependent on the manufacturer or agent for all knowledge regarding them; and when it had already been shown of many of those that had been examined that a part or all the statements mede regarding them were more or less completely false, it was quite clear that we could not maintain the honor of

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