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July 10, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(2):173. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580020039019

The hardships of war naturally make a profound and sympathetic impression on the relatives and friends of the combatants. Those who remain at home desire to send an occasional token of affection to the soldiers in the trenches and to furnish them some appetizing adjuvant to the monotonous diet that must inevitably constitute the routine nourishment under the conditions of actual warfare as it is conducted today. In Germany this human longing has given an impetus to a trade in suitable gifts or Liebesgaben, such as articles of wearing apparel and food products. One outcome of the business promoted by this national personal generosity has been the introduction of frauds of the most shameful character. The loving mother or devoted sweetheart has been prompted unwittingly to spend exorbitant sums for worthless or inferior supposed delicacies intended to refresh and invigorate the patient sufferers at the front.1

This disgraceful traffic

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