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October 3, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(14):1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540140042009

In another department of The Journal for this week1 appears an account of a commendable work done by the State Board of Medical Examiners of Wisconsin for the protection of the people against imposition and gross fraud. As a chapter in the history of quackery, it is interesting; as an illustration of the credulity of the public, it is instructive. The most important lesson to be learned, however, is that those who defraud the sick should be treated like swindlers of any other variety, and should be prosecuted under the common law for fraud and for obtaining money under false pretenses. Violation of the medical practice act in most of our states is simply a misdemeanor, and is punishable only by a fine, which the violator of the law is always perfectly willing to pay, providing his business is not interfered with. Furthermore, conviction for violation of the medical

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