I shall make no apology for bringing this subject before this Section. Its importance to the profession of medicine and to the public justifies an exposition of the evil now. In no other country has this menace to the welfare of the people and to the best interests of scientific medicine developed as it has with us.
Probably the reason is that other countries, with one or two exceptions, protect the people against frauds in foods, medicines, etc.
Some day it is to be hoped that the Congress of the United States will enact a national pure food law which shall include the regulation of the copyrighting and exploitation of proprietary and other medicines.
Just here it will be well to say that the term "proprietary medicine" does not necessarily stamp a preparation or remedy as a nostrum. Webster says that a nostrum is "a medicine, the ingredients of which
BILLINGS F. THE SECRET NOSTRUM EVIL.. JAMA. 1905;XLV(23):1701–1705. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510230001001
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