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July 24, 1967

Black Market Medicine

JAMA. 1967;201(4):278. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130040074040

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A wealthy banker once explained his success by having followed the adage, "To get rich, follow the money." Money in drug-making has its followers, and Kreig has put together this compendium of miscellany and backwash about the camp followers of the drug industry.

Competition between drug manufacturers is not studied here. This competition has produced some mischief, resulting in strange differences between manufacturing cost and ultimate price to the consumer. The mischief still goes on, but Kreig is concerned with out-and-out bypassing food and drug laws by every device known to the criminally minded. These people are also following the money, but avoid work to earn it.

The volume is an account of backalley dealings, largely undocumented, and of the same stature as the material in magazines which sell stories about sex, narcotics, pornography, and general evil, the more "popular" subjects of the newsstands. Doubtless the same stories could be