Connection of Druggists with Quack Medicines

1854 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
Pharmacy.] Amongst the prominent objects of interest continually presented to you, continually forced upon your attention, as practitioners of pharmacy, is one that is at once the reproach of medicine and the bane of societyquackery. It is ever present and ever ready with its temptations, in opposition to the common understanding of right-minded men connected with the regular professions of medicine and pharmacy, that discoveries of any means calculated to alleviate human suffering should be
more » ... fering should be made generally known ; that all whose province it is to prepare or apply remedies may have the knowledge requisite for their proper manipulation and use, be enabled to suggest improvements, and to combine or separate, so as to adapt them to particular cases, and that to keep secret any useful discovery in medicine, for the selfish purpose of gain, is unworthy of, and below the honorable standard of character that every physician and pharmaceutist should scrupulously maintain, while the tampering with medicine, by ignorant persons, and the manufacture of worthless trash under its name, are grades of depravity with which no compromise should ever be made. perhaps less objecjjonable than those of the real actors and recipients of the profits. Names, too, of all countries and people are appropriated whenever they can, be made available. " The poor Indian " and the self-inflated Chinese are made involuntary sponsors for things as little
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