An Interesting Example of the Subordination of Science to Commercialism.
Some eight years ago, a combination of scopolamin and morphin was introduced in Germany as an anesthetic. Since then it has been extensively used in Germany, France, Italy, Russia, the United States and elsewhere, and medical periodicals—German especially—have contained many articles, reports, etc., on the subject. While the method and technic originated in Germany, and while it has had its greatest use in that country, it has also been used more or less extensively in practically every other country, including the United States, and reports bothfavorable and unfavorable have appeared in all these countries. Our readers, through abstracts in the Current Medical Literature department, have been kept informed of what has been published at home and abroad regarding this method of producing anesthesia, but although the method has been used for over seven years it may be said