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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 1, 2012

THE POINT OF VIEW

Author Affiliations
 

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2012;308(5):438. doi:10.1001/jama.308.5.jjy120126-c

Current Comment

In a nostrum advertisement recently printed in a daily newspaper, three endorsements from “doctors” were prefaced with this engagingly ingenuous statement:

When a doctor endorses a preparation it means more than an ordinary testimonial. His opinion is always that of the professional man devoted to the welfare of the people.

Strange what a difference it makes in a nostrum promoter's attitude whether doctors are endorsing or condemning his stuff! When a doctor endorses it, then “his opinion is that of the professional man devoted to the welfare of the people.” But when the doctor condemns the dope or advocates any measure that will compel honesty in business, then he is “trampling on the liberties of the people,” and seeking to form a “medical trust”!

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