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December 23, 1905

The Nomenclature of Proprietary Medicines.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(26):1971. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510260057018

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New York, Dec. 11, 1905.

To the Editor:  —Your issue of December 9 contains an article by Prof. C. S. N. Hallberg on the above subject, from which we quote the following:And yet, in the face of this undeniable awakening of medical men, a firm of chemists of the highest standing has recently devised the meaningless, empiric names for three articles of its manufacture: Duotonol tablets, quartonol tablets, sextonol tablets."Tonol" stands for glycerophosphates, and the prefixes refer to one number of different kinds of glycerophosphates, salts of alkalies, contained in each tablet. Now these names have been devised on the assumption that physicians will appreciate them, owing to their brevity and euphony; on the other hand, it is evident that these names will not appeal to the thinking physicians, as they would under the pharmaceutical titles, with the name of the illustrious founder of the firm as the

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