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March 25, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(12):965. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500390049010

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If we are not mistaken, the majority of medical journals, the majority of physicians, the majority of pharmacists, the majority of pharmaceutic journals, in fact the majority of all who have thought about the subject, have said that the enormous use of secret nostrums by the medical profession of our country is a most serious evil. Destructive criticisms have been made, and there has been any amount of fault-finding in regard to conditions; in fact, many excellent men have said that things could not be worse than they are at present. The movement now started to try to get rid of part of the evil and, if possible, to solve some of the problems connected with it, may be a failure, as some of our contemporaries have kindly intimated—and it may be a success. If the latter, of course everyone will appreciate that good has resulted, i. e., everyone but

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