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November 25, 1905

PHYSICIANS' RESPONSIBILITY IN THE CRUSADE AGAINST PATENT MEDICINES.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(22):1659. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510220045009

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Abstract

As its share in the present concerted efforts to curb the nostrum evil, the main task of the medical profession of course must be to eliminate the objectionable features of the "ethical proprietary" trade. But it must also recognize its responsibility in the fight against the patent-medicine abuse. The lay publications that are exposing so thoroughly all the evils of the nostrum traffic can be depended on to continue their crusade, but they also must have medical support, if genuine reform is to be ensured. Further, in order to enjoy the benefit of a really free press or to secure pure food and drug laws, the newspapers must be constrained by public opinion to repudiate nostrum advertisements containing the enthralling "red clause." To this the medical societies should give immediate attention, as the time is at hand when advertising arrangements are made for the ensuing year. Resolutions do some good,

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