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September 28, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(13):1118-1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530130052004

Some three years ago we commented1 on the report of the royal commission, established in 1903 to investigate the causes of the steady decline in the birth rate in New South Wales. As will be remembered, the commission in its conclusions gave as one of the causes of lowered birth rate the use of noxious "patent medicines," of late years increasingly prevalent through unscrupulous advertising, and it was recommended that a separate commission be appointed to pursue the line of investigation thus indicated. This recommendation was adopted and a commission appointed, its functions, however, being broadened to an inquiry into the manufacture, sale, advertising and prevalent use of alleged remedial agents of secret composition, the effects of their use and the legislation in regard thereto in various parts of the world.

We have just received from Australia the report2 of this later commission, appointed Dec. 11, 1906, under

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