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May 6, 1911

The Modern Materia Medica.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(18):1349. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560180043031

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This book lists, alphabetically, practically every medicinal product which has been introduced into medicine during the last decade. The sources from which the information has been compiled are chiefly the circulars of the manufacturers. Consequently, the work cannot have the authoritative value that it would have had if it had been subjected to rigid censorship by the editor. The statements of the manufacturers have not, however, been accepted at their face value in all cases. In a considerable number the reports of analyses made in the laboratory of the American Medical Association and, to a lesser extent, those made in the laboratory of the Pharmaceutical Institute of the University of Berlin, have been carefully abstracted by the editor and the results compared with the claims of the manufacturer. In this way the plain truth has been told about many nostrums. While in most cases the therapeutic applications of the medicaments

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