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May 28, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(22):1793. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550480037008

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Elsewhere we call attention to the source and character of the opposition that has developed, ostensibly against the bill providing for a national department of health but actually against the American Medical Association. It is said that in the hearing before the committee having the bill in charge, Senator Smoot read a letter from the president of the National Association of Retail Druggists (and of the American Druggists Syndicate), claiming that 40,000 members of the N. A. R. D. were against the bill! If this statement is true it is well that the physicians of the country should know it; if it is false then the president of the N. A. R. D. (and of the A. D. S.) has grossly libeled and misrepresented the retail druggists of the country. We believe the statement, if made as reported, to be unequivocally false. We believe that the vast majority of the

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