To the Editor:
—The result of the collargol report1 has been to intensify the feeling of distrust that has been growing during the last few years, of all pharmaceutical products that have not been absolutely proved of value. That sense of awe and unconscious tendency to "uncover" in the presence of an imposing row of new and expensive pharmaceutical products is disappearing. Am I missing important scientific facts, or has the physician become familiar with these products through gazing on artistically labeled packages recently received through the mail or from the hand of an agent, and by reading "incontrovertible facts" in a very dignified piece of advertising literature, closely resembling a reprint from a medical journal? Am I wrong to shun these bright labeled products, which the manufacturer tells me have certain definite actions, and "proves" it by extracts from papers by well-known men? These abstracts we seldom read, or
Willson HS. The Collargol Report and the Practitioner's Need for the Council on Pharmacy. JAMA. 1909;LII(13):1049. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540390045013
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