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December 5, 1936

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1936;107(23):1900-1905. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770490054020

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Oct. 24, 1936.

The British Medical Association and the Nostrum Evil  In spite of efforts to check the nostrum evil, it continues unabated. The press is full of more or less fraudulent advertisements of preparations that will cure all sorts of diseases. Highly respectable journals are no exception and the religious press seems to be among the worst offenders. Perhaps the venders select it because there are people foolish enough to suppose that an advertisement in a religious publication is some sort of guaranty of respectability. For some years the British Medical Association has tried to grapple with the evil. During the years 1906 to 1909 it published analyses of secret remedies, which were made by the authority of the council. These were afterward collected and published in two books entitled "Secret Remedies" and "More Secret Remedies." These had extensive sale, though several of the

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