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September 14, 1912


Author Affiliations

Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago CHICAGO

From the Pharmacologic Laboratory of the College of Physi cians and Surgeons of Chicago.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(11):842-844. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090086005

Ancient medicine was nasty medicine; the medicine of the future will be pleasant. The dawn of the day of pleasant medication is already with us. May this contribution, like the song of chanticleer, usher in the sunrise of the new day!

The pill, the capsule and the cachet have fairly well solved the problem of administration of medicines to adults; but the child, for whom pleasant medication is especially necessary, is not helped by these means. When one witnesses the struggling of the average child against the average medicine, one cannot but wonder whether at times the struggle does not do more harm than the medicine can do good, and wish that we had other means of administering medicines to children. And many a petted child that has grown up into a sensitive woman who believes