As one glances through various foreign dermatologic journals or foreign medical weekly publications, one is surprised at the advertisements for various proprietary medicines or patent remedies. As a rule the remedy has a suggestive designation and its formula is essentially secret. The reader is forced to accept the information and claims as stated in the advertisement unless he is in a position to carry on his own investigation. All too often the sole recommendation which is included in the advertisement is that the remedy has been used in Professor So-and-So's clinic and that he endorses it; why he endorses it is another story, generally not divulged.
WHAT IS THE STATUS IN THE UNITED STATES?
Dr. George H. Simmons,1 editor emeritus of The Journal of the American Medical Association, said that as early as 1879 the American Medical Association adopted preambles and resolutions strongly condemning the use of secret
COLE HN. WORK OF THE COUNCIL ON PHARMACY AND CHEMISTRY IN DERMATOLOGY AND SYPHILOLOGY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(1):1–8. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460190004001
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