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September 23, 1905

Patent Medicines: A Good Suggestion.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(13):936-937. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510130056015

Rogersville, Tenn., Sept. 13, 1905.

To the Editor:  —Under separate cover I am to-day mailing you a marked copy of the Rogersville Review, a weekly newspaper published in this, a town of about 3,000 inhabitants. I have had the editor copy your editorial1 of September 2 on the patent medicine fraud as it prevails in the United States with special reference to peruna. These little weekly papers circulate among the rural people, where every issue is read through, ads and all alike. I would suggest that you induce every member of the American Medical Association to have this or some like article occasionally brought out in his home paper. Surely all the physicians of a town would have sufficient influence with their local paper to do this. I assure you that it would work wonders. The people at large have never heard anything but praise of these nostrums, and

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