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February 26, 1898

THE APOTHECARY.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):499-500. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440610047010

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Abstract

Our editorial on the " Passing of the Apothecary " seems to have provoked considerable discussion, some in concurrence and some adverse, and we have been " roasted " with great unction in some pharmacy journals. It was not intended to belittle the profession of pharmacy but merely to show the trend of the times. One of our correspondents (in January 15 issue), in trying to show that we are mistaken, confirms much that we said but blames it all on the physician. " We are compelled to load down our shelves with a dozen makes of pills, etc., merely to please the physician." And he concludes by saying that " the lot of the pharmacist is not a happy one " because the physician allies himself with the manufacturing chemist to enrich him and help himself.

This is the very point. Why does the physician ally himself with the manufacturing chemist? Why do men standing at

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