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February 17, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(7):514. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510340040008

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Until a few years ago the medical men of this country have practically gone each his own way; medical societies or associations have been few and far between and of small membership. Now that physicians are coming together and are striving for the common good, and a spirit of association and comradeship and betterment is abroad in the land, we begin to see what the barren years have produced. We find that unscrupulous manufacturers have amassed fortune after fortune by exploiting nostrums through the medium of our divided profession. We find nostrums by the score lauded to the skies in medical journals owned or controlled by the nostrum manufacturers. We find thousands of physicians depending on the one-sided and often untrue statements furnished them by the interested manufacturers—practically getting their "education" in therapeutics from the trade "literature" of the proprietary medicine manufacturer. The nostrum evil and many others have come

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