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June 2, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(22):1803-1804. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690490045023

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The Principle of Prevention in the Fight Against Quackery  Dr. Joseph Melly, lecturer to the University of Budapest, read a paper at a recent meeting of the Royal Medical Society on the principle of prevention in the fight against quackery. He started his paper by describing two types of quacks. The first type includes old members of the family, friends and neighbors, who, from misplaced love of their fellow beings, give advice to their sick friends. It would be very difficult to fight this type of quackery; the more so as we cannot decide the boundary between first aid and quackery. In most countries the law concerning hygiene prescribes that everybody most offer first aid in the form of advice, deeds, or otherwise in case of an urgent necessity. Quite different from these are the second type of quacks, who do their business for profit. These are the professional quacks,

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