March 16, 1912

The Propaganda for Reform

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(11):798-802. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030196026

In This Department Appear Reports of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry and of the Association Laboratory, Together with Other Matter Tending to Aid Intelligent Prescribing and to Oppose Medical Fraud on the Public and on the Profession


A Dietless, Drugless System That Calls for Both Drugs and Dieting  Women's fashions in the past few years have had the effect of giving a wonderful stimulus to one branch of quackery—the "obesity cure" fakers. The desire to be slender—and slender to a degree often far beyond that compatible with good health—has caused thousands of women to throw away money on so-called reduction treatments that are either dangerous or worthless—sometimes both. Thyroid extract was the basis of many of the fat reducers first put on the market and is still used in some of them. The public has been fairly well educated to regard this powerful drug

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