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January 12, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(2):50-51. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390270022007

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January 2, 1884.

Since I wrote to you last a vexed question interfering much between the cordial feeling of physicians and pharmacists seems to be rapidly approaching its solution. I refer by this to the patent medicine nuisance. Pharmacists have long been made the dupes and catspaws of the vile impostors who palm off on the public worthless compounds, and by judicious advertisements they manage to spread the idea that their articles are possessed of great medicinal value, which they endeavor to prove by testimonials of persons who have made their diagnosis to suit their own fancy, or by using the well bought opinions of some Reverend clergyman, and even some physicians who have sold their standing with their colleagues for the sake of paltry gain or cheap notoriety.

The pharmacists have been cleverly deluded into acting as retail agents for such enterprising adventurous speculators in public health, they have

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