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The Composition of Some So-called Synthetics and "Ethical" Nostrums.

S. Lewis Summers
JAMA. 1904;XLII(18):1152-1153. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490630038015.
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Philadelphia, April 20, 1904.

To the Editor:  —One of the noblest attributes of the character of an American is his desire for fair play; and one of the fundamental principles of American justice is that the accused party is considered innocent until proved guilty.The comments published in the issue of April 16, 1904, under the above heading, insomuch as they refer to products of our manufacture, are not in accordance with the facts.First, as to thermol, concerning which it is stated that this "wonderful new discovery is nothing but impure phenacetin." Would it not be more to the point to definitely state what that impurity is? and in what quantity? As to the explanation that "possibly traces of salicylic acid have been added to the product from time to time," that would lead one to think that salicylic acid had been added in a mechanical way merely for


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