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May 25, 1895


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JAMA. 1895;XXIV(21):795-797. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430210017003b

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Some of the many medical journals, and societies, assuming a censorship in the matter, unauthorized by reason, and mistaking a spirit of obstructiveness for one of conservatism, have been trying in the past and are attempting at present to pronounce a wholesale damnation of ready-made medicines, without discrimination, asserting that such preparations are unscientific and unreliable; branding the physician who avails himself of them as too lazy to write a prescription, or too ignorant to know how. The physicians are also stigmatized as violators of the Code and irregulars, and are tacitly excommunicated from the body medical, by these self-appointed and self-righteous judges. It is too true, 'tis a pity too, that there are in existence many medicines, made up of unknown or unheard of ingredients, claiming to cure every ill that flesh is heir to, and many besides that have a spiritual existence only in the mind of the

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