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The choice of drugs in the treatment of disease is daily becoming increasingly difficult, not only on account of the large number being constantly exploited, but more especially by reason of uncertainty as to their nature and efficacy. Only one who has been placed in a position requiring a clear-cut decision can realize how great, at times, is the difficulty of forming an opinion as to the medicinal value and the ethical standing of a large number of preparations on the market at the present day. We fear that often the most advertised remedies—sometimes irrespective of their merits—are those that are most largely used. For these reasons we sincerely join in the hope recently expressed editorially,1 that the near future may see established "a proper censorship, to act as a directing agent, protecting the profession from deception," whose duty it shall be to decide as to the therapeutic value
A CENSORSHIP FOR ARTICLES OF THE MATERIA MEDICA.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(8):511. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470080033007
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