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February 1, 1908

The Prescribing of Proprietaries.

JAMA. 1908;L(5):380-381. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530310056016

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Evanston, Ill., Jan. 24, 1908.

To the Editor:  —In a recent editorial you seemed to imply that Mr. Bok had given a somewhat unfair impression of the present condition of medical practice in this country as regards the proprietary medicines. As endorsing his position, permit me to relate an experience.At a recent meeting of a surgical society, one of the papers was on a troublesome variety of injury. The essayist is a professor of surgery in a recognized medical school. His position entitled us to expect a valuable and instructive article. Unfortunately, the entire paper was taken up with generalities and lamentations. Conditions were not clearly stated, and relationship of complications to the injury was not discussed. Indications for guidance in treatment were not enumerated. In the one illustrative case mentioned this professor admitted that he often changed his treatment daily, though he gave no reason, and at least

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