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February 27, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(9):744-745. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570350038017

Turning the light into the noisome pit of charlatanry always stirs into squirming activity those who subsist, either as hosts or parasites, on such business. For nostrum exploiters champion that comfortable doctrine, "Let Us Alone"; they inscribe as their heraldic motto: Laissez-faire. To the public unacquainted with The Journal's educational campaign of the past decade, it might appear that the exposure of the fraud connected with the exploitation of Wine of Cardui was a veritable crusade into a new field. During the past few months it has been necessary, almost daily, to assure interested laymen that the Wine of Cardui articles were but incidents in The Journal's general propaganda of education relative to medical frauds. The amount of "fuss and feathers" displayed in this specific case is due to several causes—remote and proximate. The most important, probably, is the fact that the chief owner of the Wine of Cardui business

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