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To the Editor:
—The attached clipping is a part of a "syndicated article" that has appeared in a number of newspapers.It strikes me that this line of so-called information is wrong. In writing on any public health problem, the writer should avoid reference to treatment. The treatment of any particular disease should be decided by the physician in charge after he has examined the patient. It is not right to state baldly that "drugs are virtually impotent." The patient calls the physician for his own relief and benefit, and if he believes all of this article he will probably send to the drug store and buy his own aspirin. And, by the way, is this writer in the pay of the Bayer people and helping them to put across their advertising campaign? Self medication is now one of the great banes of the American people, and such articles, either
Young FB. ILL ADVISED REFERENCES TO TREATMENT IN ARTICLES ON PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS. JAMA. 1918;71(16):1337. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600420079027
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