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July 6, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(1):48. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530010052010

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In the attempt to interest and benefit their readers it is but natural that literary periodicals should invade the medical field, and, as is well known, some very creditable articles on hygiene and domestic medicine have appeared in many such magazines. A recent article in Leslie's Weekly, however, is of an entirely different character. An account of the opening in New York of a so-called hospital for the treatment of cancer by the notorious Alexander method furnishes Leslie's an opportunity to present a fine example of journalistic enterprise, probably creditable to its counting room but not to the paper itself. While the description of the opening of this socalled hospital appears in the body of the paper under the title "Progress in Medical Science," it appears to be a typical "write-up" in all its glory, including carefully constructed clinical histories of cured (?) cases, well suited to delude the lay readers.

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