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July 11, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(2):107. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04470040035019

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An irregular practitioner calling himself the "herb king" was recently arrested in a California town for practicing without a license, and inaugurated a not uncommon but peculiar defense. He had a number of his patrons, or those who signed as such, many of them of the sympathetic softer sex, publish a card in the local paper saying that they had received benefit from his treatment when regular physicians had failed to relieve them, and that some of the signers owed their lives to his skill. They recommended his medicines, and alleged that his prosecution was wholly unwarranted. The sequel came a few days later, when he was again arrested and held in heavy bail for a criminal assault on one of his female patients, whether or not one of the signers or only one duped by their recommendation the record does not state. Such are the ways of the quack.

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