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December 5, 1891


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JAMA. 1891;XVII(23):878-879. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411010016001e

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The evils attendant upon substitution and sophistication of remedial agents have long been surmised; they have not, however, until recently, received attention at the hands of the medical profession. Increased diagnostic skill, along with greatly improved facilities for the manufacture of medicaments, favor an anproach toward mathematical exactness in computing therapeutic results. When these are wanting we challenge the character of the remedy. The question which presents itself is: Has our patient received the true medicament or a base counterfeit? However attractive in theory, it will be found impractical for the medical profession to drift away from the pharmacists, and it should be our aim to reward the faithful and bring the guilty to punishment. The friendly bond between the two professions should be honesty, as neither can afford to work independently; there is an interdependence which makes them mutually helpful.

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