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April 22, 1899

For Whose Benefit Do We Write?

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(16):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450430025006

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Abstract

Fargo, N. D., April 11, 1899.

To the Editor:  —Apropos of Dr. Howle's letter in the Journal (vide April 8, p. 777) perhaps I may be able to throw a little side light on the subject.Recently the representative of a drug house in the East came into my office, and picking up a reprint of an article of mine that had just appeared in a prominent journal, said: "Say, Doctor, if you will write an article recommending the use of our preparation for that class of work, I will reward you well." Here was an inducement to help out the manufacturer and at the same time look out for number one. While the preparation he spoke of is quite a good one, there are any number of just such preparations put up by different houses, and most of them just as good as his. It is needless to say

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