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September 4, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(10):794-795. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780360042011

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The New York World Telegram for August 24 published, on its front page, a feature article syndicated by Science Service concerning the so-called Duke-Fingard method for the treatment of asthma, tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. Behind this item is the rather slimy trail of an attempt to force on the medical profession a secret method of treatment, unsupported by anything resembling acceptable clinical evidence.

Readers of Time will perhaps remember an article published Jan. 18, 1937, which called attention to the career of David Fingard. Briefly, Mr. Fingard appears to be a chemist from Canada who came in contact years ago with the development by one J. Rudolph Duke (perhaps J. J. or just plain Rudolph) of a method of treating asthma by the inhalation of air modified by a mixture of antiseptics and oils. The method was apparently promoted with little success in California and in China. Eventually Mr.

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