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January 5, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(1):29-30. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600010027013

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The forces arrayed against scientific medicine are many and various. They range from the honest but deluded crank with an obsession through the various cults and 'pathies to the downright quacks and medical fakers. The American Medical Association as representative of scientific medicine in this country has, naturally enough, been the target for many of the verbal poison-gas attacks made by these different interests. In general, the Association and the profession have ignored such outbursts, for in many instances one of the obvious objects of the attackers has been to obtain, through a reply, a publicity they could never get through the avenues normally open to them. In this matter, as in many others, war brings about changed conditions. Vilifying scientific medicine in times of peace was a matter that affected chiefly only the physician, and he, knowing its source, ignored it. With the entry of our country into war,

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