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August 17, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(7):567-568. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600330065017

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The accusation that the medical profession generally and the American Medical Association in particular is opposed to the sale of all medicaments of the "home-remedy" type, The Journal has repeatedly denied. It has stated that it believes that under present economic conditions there is a place for remedies of this sort and has suggested certain fundamental principles which should govern the sale of products of this kind. One of these principles is that no preparation should be sold for the treatment of those diseases that are so dangerous to the individual or to the community that they should not be self-treated. The reasonableness of this requirement is so obvious that one would imagine it would be accepted without question.

The raising of the new army has brought to public attention certain facts that, under normal conditions, might be less patent. Those dealing with the problem of the control of venereal

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