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April 18, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(16):1270. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530420038008

Our esteemed contemporary, the New York Medical Journal, recently1 discussed under the above caption the subject of misbranding of commercial products. The editorial, which was an excellent one, dealt specifically with but one phase of the misbranding evil—that of placing foreign labels on articles of American manufacture. It concludes: "But it is not with the element of commercial fraud that we are here concerning ourselves. The worst of the whole misbranding business, apart from the substitution of injurious for wholesome products, is its inevitable bolstering up of the disgraceful feeling that we Americans are not justified in holding any of our home products in the highest esteem. That affectation needs to be rooted out.... Let us freely admit our shortcomings but let us at least give our products the chance to win under their own names whatever approval they may be found to deserve." While commending this patriotic attitude