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July 21, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):166-167. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290036009

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In an admirable address on "Progress in Therapeutics," delivered recently before the Philadelphia County Medical Society, Dr. S. Solis-Cohen dwelt on "the great flood of proprietary remedies, secret or half secret, that has been let loose upon the profession and the public," as one of the dangers arising from the great power over symptoms residing in modern synthetic remedies and from the great improvements constantly being made in the art of pharmacy. "The practitioner who is lazily contented to give the mixture exploited by some manufacturing firm, rather than to use his own brains to find a remedy or a combination of remedies suitable for the case of the individual patient loses the faculty of selecting or combining remedies. In so far as these remedies are secret nostrums, they threaten to destroy all therapeutic science; for ignorance, which is the aim of secrecy, is the very antithesis of science. The

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