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June 14, 1958


JAMA. 1958;167(7):897-899. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990240097023

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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS MEETING  Once again the chemotherapeutic revolution of the last 15 or 20 years came under the close scrutiny of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Howard Wakefield, of Chicago, was emphatic in condemning routine use of any drugs. When medicine can be practiced by formula it ceases to be an art or a science and becomes merely skilled labor. Individualization is essential in treating any condition, because no drug has the same effect on all persons and may even have different effects on the same person at different times. He particularly condemned the routine use of anticoagulants and emphasized the need for careful differentiation between the pain of a coronary occlusion and that of a perforated peptic ulcer, since more than one patient with the latter condition has suffered a fatal hemorrhage as a result of taking anticoagulants. In a panel on the tranquilizers, it was

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