Therapeutics Not Necessarily Drug Giving.

W. P. Whery
JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1692-1693. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200050018.
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Fort Wayne, Ind., Oct. 31, 1907.

To the Editor:  —Addresses on pharmacology in The Journal complain of the ignorance and indifference of the medical profession to this branch of medical science. But are not the medical colleges and the American Medical Association responsible for these things? The colleges have chairs of "materia medica and therapeutics," and the American Medical Association has a Section on Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Why therapeutics? There are several therapies, such as surgery, besides pharmacotherapy. There is no reason why drugs and therapeutics should be so combined. It makes the public believe that treatment and drugging are the same thing. A judge has defined the practice of medicine as the prescribing of drugs; and Eddyites and others take advantage of such misinterpretations. In colleges the physiologic effect of drugs should be thoroughly taught, because they can be shown and proved in the laboratory; and the student is


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