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March 18, 1905

The Abuse of Proprietary Remedies.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):887. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500380051019

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Paris, Ill., March 10, 1905.

To the Editor:  —A few days ago I received a pamphlet gotten out by a proprietary medicine firm, containing an editorial from the Vermont Medical Monthly, attempting to justify the use of secret remedies. We are not surprised to find such articles in some so-called medical journals, but expect better things from the official organ of a state medical society. Some physicians throw secret remedy circulars into the waste paper basket at once, but I examine them, because some are well written, and because I enjoy separating the true from the false statements which they contain. After giving the subject a good deal of thought I have come to the conclusion that any physician who prescribes a secret remedy is not only very foolish, but does great harm to the community in which he pretends to practice medicine. He is like the physician who, when

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