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May 5, 1906

WHY THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL ON PHARMACY AND CHEMISTRY IS NECESSARY.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University Medical School. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(18):1344-1345. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510450018001i
Abstract

When it has been made plain that the public or some section of the public has been systematically outraged for years the question arises, What are you going to do about it?

There was a time when most of the medicines used by physicians were prepared by themselves or by methods with which they were familiar, just as there was a time when every family prepared most of the food which it consumed. But those days are past, and trusting others to manufacture our foods and our medicines has led to gross abuses in which the general public, the physician and the patient all suffer. The food problem and the medicine problem have much in common, and a study of what has been done in the one case suggests what may be done in the other.

Just here it must be remarked that the trouble is not because of lack

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