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January 26, 1963


JAMA. 1963;183(4):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700040001001

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AMA Testifies on Quackery Dangers.  —The American Medical Association told Congress that worthless quackery products and useless treatment in the fields of medicine and nutrition "can have serious health consequences," in addition to being a waste of money.The dangers of health quackery and the AMA's fight against it were outlined by Dr. Gerald D. Dorman, of New York City, a member of the AMA Board of Trustees, and Dr. Robert E. Shank, of the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) faculty, Chairman of the AMA Council on Foods and Nutrition. They were lead-off witnesses at hearings on quackery held by the US Senate Special Committee on Aging.The two physicians cited quackery products and treatments for which Americans of all ages waste hundreds of millions of dollars annually.Dr. Dorman said that, although "medical quackery is something that does not limit itself to any given age," elderly persons

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