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May 9, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(19):1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490190025009

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We have occasionally seen in our contemporaries criticisms of the W. C. T. U. for not fighting the drink evil along the line of patent medicines. The charges have been made that leaders of the said body have been induced to endorse for popular use some strongly alcoholic preparations, alleged to be of a medicinal nature. In a recent communication to the Dietetic and Hygienic Gazette for May, Mrs. Martha M. Allen, who has charge of the W. C. T. U. work in this particular line, shows that they have not been inactive in this particular, but have carefully obtained official analyses of large numbers of patent medicines and distributed pamphlets and books exposing them to such an extent that they have been threatened with legal proceedings on the part of the manufacturers. These threats, of course, were futile, in view of the fact that the analyses given were made

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