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July 2, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(1):1-7. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500010007001

THE SCOURGE OF NOSTRUMS AND IRREGULAR PRACTITIONERS.  CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON MATERIA MEDICA, PHARMACY AND THERAPEUTICS, AT THE FIFTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT ATLANTIC CITY, JUNE 7-10, 1904.OLIVER T. OSBORNE, M.A., M.D.Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics at Yale University.NEW HAVEN, CONN.One of the duties of your chairman is to open the annual session by an address, and such should embody recommendations for the improvement and betterment of this section. I can not expect to match the valuable recommendations, elegant diction and masterful delivery of my predecessor, but thank him for setting a mark at which it is an honor to aim.Our program shows the attempt of your officers to give due attention to each part of our expansive title in so far as it is of interest to medical men. The subject of pure foods and