The medical profession is confronted with the difficult task of providing an effective method of checking the practice in vogue with many of its members of prescribing and recommending various proprietary remedies, many of which are most fraudulent.
It is sometimes difficult to draw hard-and-fast lines regarding what really constitutes an ethical preparation in contradistinction to a so-called "nostrum." It is not good practice to condemn in toto, with one stroke, all proprietary preparations, for undoubtedly ethical, nonethical and even many nostrums possess some therapeutic properties, since in the composition of most of them certain well-known drugs are used
Irrespective of the composition and therapeutic value of the medicament, the medical profession brands as nostrums all which make claims to possess curative properties wholly at variance with well-known laws of drug administration. At times the physician is greatly perplexed and confused by the vast array of preparations which are offered,
RITTER J. PHARMACOPEIAL OR PROPRIETARY PREPARATIONS: WHICH? JAMA. 1906;XLVII(9):683–684. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210090039002g
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