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February 19, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(8):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550340040006

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In the Correspondence Department of this issue is a letter that every physician and pharmacist should "read, mark, learn and inwardly digest." Coming from the chairman of the Committee on Revision of the U. S. Pharmacopeia, its very source would command attention, even if the excellence of the suggestions it contains did not do so. As Professor Remington says, the nostrum evil—that bête noire of both professions—"is being controlled to an extent that few physicians realize." The medical profession probably fails to appreciate the very great changes that have taken place in the nostrum world within the past half-decade. Coincident with a changed attitude on the part of the majority of pharmacists toward "patent medicines" has been as great a change on the part of physicians toward the "ethical proprietaries." Such changes augur well for the future of pharmacy and medicine. We may look hopefully forward to the time when

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