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The Crusade Against Quackery
Before the Congress of Professional Medicine, recently held in Louvain, M. Brandligt discussed medical charlatanism. As a result of the crusade against it, medical advertising in the daily press has been almost entirely suppressed. Other aspects of the campaign have been less successful, doubtless because an appeal was made to the central government. It appears preferable to rely for progress on the activities of the medical organizations, leaving it to the government to confirm the results. New forms of quackery are appearing every day, a recent manifestation being the cult termed "chiropractors," which is of American origin. The character of responses received to the questionnaire sent out shows how few physicians know the great number and the wiles of charlatans who surround us on every hand. Brandligt points out that the province of Hainaut especially is overrun with charlatans. Some medical committees in the provinces have
BELGIUM. JAMA. 1926;87(23):1931-1932. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680230055023