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September 2, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(10):722. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510100056011

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The depths of venality to which the nostrum makers descend in order to gather in a few more dollars are beyond the belief of those possessing normal human sympathy. One of the worst recent instances of this sort of inhumanity is now to be found in some newspapers of the Southern states. Inserted as news, not as an advertisement (vide, for example, the Shreveport, La., Times of August 16, 1905) appears what is called "an interview with Dr. Hartman concerning the yellow plague." Dr. Hartman needs no introduction, being widely known to physicians as that citizen of Columbus, Ohio, who has amassed a colossal fortune by selling to a gullible public as a "medicine," under the name of peruna, low-grade whisky flavored with cheap bitters. Aided by two or three avaricious renegade physicians, he has enmeshed in his fraud thousands of clergymen, lawyers, politicians, etc., and, if what is reported

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