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April 1, 1944

SYMPATOL-STEARNS—A TRIUMPH OF MEDICAL MISINFORMATION FOR PHYSICIANS

JAMA. 1944;124(14):988. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850140034013
Abstract

In recent issues of some pharmaceutical and medical periodicals—not too careful about the scientific evidence in support of the claims made—advertisements with the caption "A Standby of European Physicians Comes to America—Sympatol, a Safe Circulatory Stimulant." Embellishing this statement is an artistic presentation of a schematic world map with a broad arrow emanating from a point due west of the Rock of Gibraltar somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean and ending above "Sympatol." Below this broadside the reader is informed in part:

With the presentation of this renowned European professional product, Stearns fills a widely recognized need of American medicine. For Sympatol is a safe circulatory stimulant—free from adverse side reactions on heart and nerves.

As attested by twenty years' experience of leading continental doctors, the bracing, prolonged, tonic effects of Sympatol may be safely employed—with marked benefits—in nearly all cases of low blood pressure... during convalescence from colds

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