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November 22, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(21):1327-1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480470037012

One of the most presumptuous proceedings on the part of an individual in getting a production published in a large number of medical journalsis that of a Brooklyn physician. This gentleman sent us an article, which was ostensibly a protest against the use of the curette,1 and advocating the use of an "alkaline solution." The article was neither good nor bad, just an ordinary paper, repeating old arguments and advocating nothing new. Neither did it appear to be an advertisement of anything, unless the "properly combined alkaline solution" recommended has reference to some proprietary medicine. This is possible, and if so the article would have been followed up in such a manner that there would be no misunderstanding as to what is referred to. We say "would have been," for the probability is that if there was anything of the kind intended the manufacturers of the proprietary medicine referred