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July 26, 1913


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JAMA. 1913;61(4):265-266. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350040031013

While, for the last decade, we have made wonderful strides in medicine, and while we are expected to treat diseases with scientific exactness, empiricism is as rampant as ever. Let an enterprising pharmaceutical house bring forward a remedy for a certain disease and advertise it in a pseudoscientific way, and the profession will not fail to adopt and use it until another advertised remedy displaces it. It does not matter whether it be a revived old remedy, a new one, or an old one dressed in a new garb; whether it be a chemical or an animal extract, a heterogeneous vaccine, the profession is always ready to welcome the new medicinal recruit and give it a place in its multitudinous armamentarium. We, somehow, do not trust our old medicinal agents. We are, like our Mexican neighbors, always dissatisfied with medicinal leaders and often have our own little revolutions. Wherein lies