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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 2, 2003

Measures Against Dispensary Abuse at Paris

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

JAMA. 2003;290(1):132. doi:10.1001/jama.290.1.132-a

The new Michigan Medical Practice Act, which goes into force in a short time, had added to it just before its final passage an amendment which authorized the Board of Registration in Medicine to revoke the certificate, after due notice and hearing, of any registered practitioner who inserts advertisements in newspapers, pamphlets, circulars or other written or printed paper relative to venereal disease or other matter of an obscene or offensive nature derogatory to good morals. This amendment was unanimously passed by the legislature, and with practically no opposition; not even from the newspapers. The profession in Michigan has become well organized, and was thus able to take up this work with reasonable hope of success. It was this effort of a united profession, backed by one or two newspapers, which made success possible. Due credit should be especially given to one newspaper, the Detroit Journal, which for a long time has refused to admit to its pages any quack advertisements, and which fought for and was one of the factors in securing the amendment.

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