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December 18, 1967

Drugs In Man

JAMA. 1967;202(12):1108-1109. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130250090027

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To the Editor:—  The responsibility for drugs in man must rest somewhere, and it would seem ideal that it should be somewhere within the medical profession. It would also seem clear from recent past and current experiences that the profession, be it academic, private, government, or industrial, is not adequately or appropriately organized accept it. The time is past due that we, as members of the profession, must actively and quickly seek to throw off the shackles of self-interest, and plan for the needs of today and the pressing needs of tomorrow.Human pharmacology is clearly divisible into two major areas, namely, clinical pharmacology and experimental therapeutics. Recognition of this seems to be apparent in the increasingly frequent appointment of persons to the departments of both pharmacology and medicine. In practice, some members of the department of pharmacology are appointed in medicine, and some members of the department of medicine