New York, Feb. 25, 1897.
To the Editor:
—For the life of me I can not see how some of our practitioners can legitimately maintain the position which they occupy. They will refuse to prescribe "mercauro" for example because it is proprietary, notwithstanding its formula was long ago published in the Journal, while on the other hand they will not only prescribe, but will write about and talk about foreign products which are not only proprietary in the fullest and widest acceptation of the term, but are also patented, yes, absolutely patented! These foreign products come to this country and the owners of the products will flood this country with all sorts of extracts from supposed foreign journals, and will quote high-sounding foreign names of medical practitioners. The physicians of this country swallow the whole story, use the products and then the American journals go ahead and print clinical