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December 1, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(22):1786-1790. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210220012001b

Much is written in various medical journals, much is spoken by men, leaders in the medical profession, of the nostrum evil, of the impropriety of physicians using any preparation of drugs the full formula of which is not known.

Many writers, with great justice it seems to me, insist, as Billings has done in a recent article, that mixtures put out by manufacturing firms, especially when such compounds contain on their labels the various diseases for which it is a specific, are just as objectionable as various secret remedies in which we are not certain of the exact proportions of the various ingredients.

Sal vitæ has on its label a list of fourteen or fifteen ingredients said to be in the compound. It also states just exactly the therapeutic use of each supposed ingredient. It is a blotch on the escutcheon of a manufacturing pharmacist.

A certain preparation containing eight

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