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March 23, 1912

Arbeiten aus dem Pharmazeutischen Institut der Universität Berlin.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(12):886. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030284035

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The eighth volume of these "Arbeiten" reports the work for 1910 on the same plan as the previous volumes. The department is still under the able direction of Professor Thorns, whose name is now well known to those interested in the campaign for integrity in the exploitation of proprietary remedies. The reports of work on secret remedies, etc. is perhaps of less interest to American physicians because none of the remedies investigated is exploited in the United States—at least to any considerable extent. Such investigations are valuable, however, because there is no knowing when a nostrum which has exhausted the soil in Europe may be transplanted to America in the hope of securing a more profitable crop. Some of the analyses illustrate the identity in the action of the nostrum-maker's mind in all countries and climes. A substitute for alcohol, in spite of the affirmation of the makers that

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