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May 7, 1927


Author Affiliations

Nashville, Ark.

JAMA. 1927;88(19):1502-1503. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680450046032

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To the Editor:  —Will you permit an ignorant layman to make a suggestion? I want to suggest that every reputable physician in the United States have and keep constantly on the table in his waiting room Nostrums and Quackery. It will, no doubt, occur to you that one impatiently waiting for his turn will pick up and read a book, paper or magazine while thus marking time that he would not notice under different conditions. It seems to me that a book of this kind and subject would be really refreshing to a patient waiting his turn and that he would be in a peculiarly fitting state of mind to give attention to the practical, common-sense information about the medical frauds that lie in wait for the unsuspecting and ignorant. I believe that if the physicians of the country would adopt this plan,... patients would be pleasantly—not insistently—introduced to the

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