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September 14, 1907

The Cause of the Nostrum Evil as Seen by a Recent Graduate.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(11):954. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530110066014

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HUNTSVILLE, Utah, Aug. 25, 1907.

To the Editor:  —The growth of the nostrum evil is due either to a defect in the education of the physician or else to carelessness and neglect on his part. To-day a large proportion of the young men just out of medical college can not write half a dozen correct prescriptions; that branch of their education has been woefully neglected.The detail man from the proprietary house is one of the first visitors to the young physician's office. Before he has been practicing many months he has received enough samples to cure, if the literature which accompanies them is to be believed, all the diseases he is liable ever to be called on to treat. The practitioner who uses such therapeutic agents does not prescribe, he dispenses; the proprietary manufacturer prescribes and the physician becomes the dispensing agent for the manufacturer.The name on the

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