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August 30, 1971

Adverse Drug Reactions

JAMA. 1971;217(9):1244-1245. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190090066020

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To the Editor.—  The "Obituary of an Idea" 216:2135, 1971) fails to suggest that a nation-wide survey of adverse drug reactions might inevitably founder upon the reluctance of individual physicians to publicize the unhappy effects of their prescriptions to their local communities, to their own patients, and to litigious attorneys. The editorial makes plain for all to see that any noble purpose, irrespective of its intrinsic value or of its hypnotic effect upon its originators and upon its promoters, must endure the cruel tests of reality.Not all virtue gains its just reward; many a "wave of the future" has left no trace upon the sands of time.