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November 16, 1907

Need for a Bureau of Publicity.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1693. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200051021

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Warren, Pa., Oct. 12, 1907.

To the Editor:  —The average citizen is ignorant of the advances made by the medical profession, of the objects of organization, of the need for medical legislation, of the harm done by illiterate and unscrupulous pretenders and charlatans, and of the limitations of the medical art. Naturally, therefore, he becomes an easy prey for advertising quacks and nostrum vendors, and lends but little aid to the medical profession in its fight against ignorance and fraud. The average citizen does not read the medical journals, neither does the editor of the average newspaper.If the medical profession wants to accomplish anything, it must have the cooperation of the public. To reach the public, therefore, would it not be well to edit suitable reading matter —under the heading of "Public Health"—and distribute it through the press associations (Associated Press) to the newspapers of the country. Such "plate

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