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June 13, 1936

Miscellany

JAMA. 1936;106(24):2098-2100. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770240062043

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Abstract

COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION  WILLIAM J. CARRINGTON, M.D. AND ROBERT A. KILDUFFE, M.D. Atlantic City, N. J.The public today is health conscious as never before. Unfortunately much of the medical "information" disseminated to assuage public interest is grotesquely garbled and absurdly distorted. This is obvious to any one who tries to escape the bombastic bombardment of the radio, the billboard and the advertising sections of popular magazines, in which a molecule of medical fact becomes a mountain of unscientific balderdash authenticated (!) by innumerable "leading hospitals" and equally innumerable "physicians of prominence" possessing one attribute in common, anonymity.That public ignorance and credulity should exist to a degree rendering such propaganda possible and profitable is not only regrettable but even, perhaps, astonishing. Doctors have long lamented the fact that otherwise intelligent people in quest of health sometimes, if not indeed, often, follow flickering fads over devious

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