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The custom of dispensing medicines has been much more general among British practitioners than in this country. In fact, in a large practice it is not infrequent there for a physician to employ a special dispenser or pharmacist to put up his prescriptions or to prepare the drugs for use. Legislation now proposed would prohibit all such dispensing of medicine by physicians, except in remote country practice and in emergencies, etc. Naturally, this has raised a storm of protest. Such a measure has been a law, we believe, in France for some years, and it is reported not to work entirely satisfactorily; it is found that its advantages are not so many as its disadvantages. The druggist is apparently the principal gainer by the change. It is a truth that the art of prescribing is being to a certain extent lost, but, on the other hand, there are immense disadvantages
AUTO-DISPENSING. JAMA. 1904;XLII(12):774. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490570028008
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