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October 28, 1916

The "Biologic" Detail Man

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Ellensburg, Wash.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(18):1318. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590180056029

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To the Editor:  —Twelve or fourteen years ago, when I first began the practice of medicine, it was customary for "detail men" to visit physicians at more or less frequent intervals, distributing samples of various proprietary nostrums and kindly giving advice as to the treatment of certain diseases and the practice of medicine generally. The good work of The Journal and the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry has largely eliminated these fellows, and we are practically free from the detail nuisance as we used to know him; but he is with us just the same. He comes nowadays representing some "biologic" concern; but he comes, nevertheless, and he is just as free as ever with his advice and his "buncombe." He kindly tells us poor doctors, who haven't the means of learning otherwise, just how to use this or that serum or vaccine, and just why our results are unsatisfactory

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