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June 7, 1913

Prescribing Proprietaries, and Managing the Detail Man

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Evanston, Ill.

JAMA. 1913;60(23):1812. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340230058032

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To the Editor  —The professions of medicine and pharmacy are distinct, and the best results are obtainable only when the physician and the pharmacist each attends to his own business and the two work in harmony. As the result of the activities of our pharmacologic society, composed of physicians and pharmacists, the conditions in Evanston are a surprise to visitors to our city. The use of proprietary medicines is reduced to a minimum. Still further to reduce the nuisance of the detail men and their samples, at the last meeting a committee was appointed, consisting of one physician and one druggist, to whom detail men must present their case before they will be received by the other members. Exploiters of proprietary mixtures will be refused endorsement, as will those also who have been involved in doubtful financial transactions in the past. Would it not greatly aid the general condition if

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