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July 15, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(3):180-183. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510030037002f

It is rather a peculiar feature of life that some of the best advice we get is from those who know the least of what we do. The charming sarcasm of Pinafore in the representation of Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.G., at the head of the British Admiralty is only excused by the truthfulness of the application. Many of our great secretaries of war and of the navy have been ignorant of the principles of land and sea warfare. Some of our great presidents have known nothing of statecraft on their accession to office; great lawyers often do not know how to draw a will, and great physicians have been among the most distinguished legislators of the world. It is perhaps, therefore, not entirely amiss to have an address on the ethics of pharmacy from one who is not in the profession. A man who stands by at a game of

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