Excerpt from The Dental Review, 1893, Vol. 7: Devoted to the Advancement of Dental Science
In the first place, these preparations are proprietary, their composition is secret. They are wonderful discoveries known only to the manufacturer, whose identity is usually hidden under the name of The Blank Manufacturing Company. The company, Of course guarantees the virtues and the absolute safety Of its goods, and pledges you that it contains no cocaine or other dangerous drug, and will furnish pages of more or less illiterate testimonials, both lay and professional. But who are they, the Company? In making guarantees Of such vital importance, it is very pertinent to inquire into the Character and scientific attainments of those guaranteeing. How do you know, gentlemen, that in accepting the guarantee of manufacturers whom you do not know, and never heard of, except through their advertisements, you are relying on men for whose scientific attainments or truthfulness you would have a most profound contempt, if you but knew them! And the same may be said about the endorsements. Many of them are honest in their beliefs no doubt. But many Of these testimonials bear internal evidence in their bad grammar and unscientific state ments Of their utter worthlessness. Indeed, the enthusiastic reck lessness of the endorsement is usually in inverse proportion to the attainments of the endorser. What weight Should be attached to the opinion Of any one who feels competent after Six or eight weeks' use of a remedy, the composition Of which he knows absolutely nothing, to state positively that it is absolutely harmless and relia ble, and boasts of the thousands of teeth he was enabled to sacrifice by its aid in that time? If you are thinking of investing any money in the stock of any company Or enterprise, as a prudent business man, you investigate most carefully the representations made to you; and the character Of those composing the company, as well as those endorsing them, is especially looked into. How much more cautious should you then be in a matter of such vital importance as the adoption Of methods and drugs you propose to use on those who trust themselves in your hands, the effects Of which'might result in casting a Cloud over your whole future professional career.
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