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October 5, 1907

THE NEWSPAPERS AS TOOLS OF THE "PATENT MEDICINE" MEN'S ASSOCIATION.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(14):1188-1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530140034005

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Abstract

The Proprietary Association of America has a grievance against the American Medical Association because —among other things—the latter is responsible for the wide circulation in pamphlet form of "Samuel Hopkins Adams' "Great American Fraud" articles. When these were appearing in Collier's Weekly the "patent-medicine" men said that they would soon be forgotten and that the effects of the crusade against their wares would be temporary. But they were mistaken. The articles in the reprint form are having even greater effect than when they appeared in Collier's Weekly. These reprints are bought and circulated by physicians, preachers, lawyers, school teachers and others who want to see the public enlightened regarding this swindling business, and so the "patent medicine" men, through the press committee of their organization, are trying to besmirch the good name of the American Medical Association and to discredit physicians, and especially the members of the American Medical Association,

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