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July 3, 1937

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JAMA. 1937;109(1):34. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780270036014

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Abstract

HEART DISEASE RACKET  In the Organization Section in this issue of The Journal appears a preliminary report of an extensive insurance fraud investigated by the United States Public Health Service. The author of the article obtained the material while serving in the capacity of medical adviser to the office of the United States attorney. In all the annals of criminal ingenuity with a medical tinge there has seldom been a more cold blooded, heartless or vicious scheme than the one now described. The manner in which patients who permitted themselves to be inveigled into the racket were first physically exhausted and then perhaps permanently damaged by the use of drugs; the manner in which competent, ethical physicians, without even a hint of suspicion, were drawn into the scheme so that their prestige and their names might be abused for the benefit of the swindlers, and the manner in which the

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