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October 12, 2005

History, Alternative Medicine

JAMA. 2005;294(14):1829. doi:10.1001/jama.294.14.1829-a

Ask a physician “Who was Dr Royal S. Copeland?” and it is unlikely you will get a response. Ask a US Food and Drug Administration regulator, and you may learn that Dr Copeland was chief Senate sponsor of one of the world’s most comprehensive consumer protection laws: the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDC Act). On June 25, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the FDC Act into law, a week after the senator’s death at the age of 69 years. What most regulators are unlikely to know is that this pivotal legislation represents the pièce de résistance of the long and illustrious career of a homeopathically trained ophthalmologist.

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