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August 11, 1888

THE TARIFF ON INSTRUMENTS, BOOKS, AND DRUGS.

JAMA. 1888;XI(6):201-202. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400580021004

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Abstract

The New York Neurological Society has refused to indorse the resolution of the Georgia Medical Society requesting the removal of the tariff on medical books, surgical instruments, and drugs. As the Neurological Society contains a large number of believers in tariff reduction, their action must have been dictated by the best interests of the profession. It is easy to see on what grounds they opposed this resolution, originally offered as a piece of buncombe merely. While a tax remains on the raw material the removal of the tariff on instruments discriminates against the American instrument-maker, and must ultimately raise the price of instruments. Furthermore, under existing circumstances, a surgeon who desires an instrument can have it made by a maker at his door. If the tariff on instruments be swept away without removing the tariff on raw material, the instrument-maker's trade is destroyed, and the surgeon must import his instruments.

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