In speaking of the shortcomings of the profession to a colleague some time ago he remarked, "Don't abuse the profession; we get enough of that from the old women and other enemies, most of which is unjust; but where it comes from you it comes doubly hard." My answer was and still is, we must begin reforms among ourselves before we attempt reforms among others, and as long as we repeat our sins my motto is: "Lay on Macduff!" Before we sweep other people's premises let us clean up at home and stay clean. There are but few of us who do not know the evils of the nostrum trade, both to ourselves as well as to the poor victims who suffer from it, yet do we not aid and abet this very evil? While there are but comparatively few of us who openly prescribe or dispense the so called
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