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July 5, 1913

YESTERDAY, TO-DAY AND TO-MORROW: THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNCIL ON PHARMACY AND CHEMISTRY

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Professor of Pharmacology and Materia Medica, Western Reserve University Medical Department CLEVELAND

JAMA. 1913;61(1):5-8. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350010007002
Abstract

It seems but yesterday, though it was eight years last February, that the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry was founded by this Association, with the hope of correcting, as far as possible, the evils which were current in the field of materia medica. The story of this Council has been told repeatedly; but it seems to me worth telling again, partly because it may be new to some of the younger members at least; partly because it contains some facts and lessons which can scarcely be repeated too often; and partly because the present activities of the Council can be appreciated, and therefore can be valuable to the medical profession, only in the light of its history.

THE EXPLOITATION OF PROPRIETARY REMEDIES  The extraordinary profits derived from the sale of exclusive pharmaceutical specialties had flooded the market with such preparations. As the natural result of unrestrained competition, these were being

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