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March 21, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;187(12):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060250095048

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Abstract

Quackery Hearing.—  The American Medical Association told Congress that there is need for more effective law enforcement, especially at the state level, and stepped-up public educational efforts "on the methods and misrepresentations of the quack and the true facts of human health."Testifying before a Senate Aging Subcommittee studying medical and health quackery, AMA General Counsel Robert B. Throckmorton said "the ultimate weapon against the quack and his pseudoscience is truth. If the true medical and scientific facts of life can be conveyed to our citizens, then the quack and his frauds would disappear."Throckmorton noted that the National Health Council has asked the AMA to take leadership in coordinating the fight against quackery by private and governmental agencies through more formalized and regular meetings of these groups, development of educational programs, and providing more authoritative advice and information on quackery to the communications media.The AMA has scheduled a

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