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May 28, 1904

So-Called Synthetics and Ethical Nostrums.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(22):1432. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490670036018

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New York City, May 1, 1904.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, April 28, there appears a letter from Dr. Summers of the Organic Chemical Company, formerly the Liberty Chemical Company. The letter hardly requires an answer. Still a few remarks may help to throw some light on the entire patent nostrum controversy. Dr. Summers asks the question: If his thermol is nothing but impure acetphenetidin, how did he obtain a patent on it? Dr. Summers did not obtain a patent on thermol. He obtained a patent on acet-salicyl-phenetidin; in the patent the word thermol is not mentioned. The company tries to give the impression that thermol is acet-salicyl-phenetidin, but it will be noticed that on the thermol boxes the name acet-salicyl-phenetidin does not appear, and as a matter of fact the product for which a patent was obtaned and thermol are two different substances! I present one proof which

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