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May 11, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(19):1604-1605. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520450048007

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During the last two years there have appeared in the Department on Pharmacology exposés of some of the most typical nostrums which have exploited the medical profession. No doubt some of our readers have considered it beneath the dignity of The Journal to discuss such preparations and have felt that the space would be better used if filled with scientific articles on subjects of interest to the better class of physicians. On this point there may be room for argument. These exposés are primarily educational in character; they are object lessons to show physicians how they are being imposed on. The preparations exposed have been selected from a mass of similar stuff, not because they are the worst, or the only ones, but because each is the type of a certain feature or aspect of the nostrum business. The large number of these products now offered through physicians to the

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