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November 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(19):1409. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510190045008

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The exposure of the alcoholic nostrum is now fairly complete. Well begun by the Ladies' Home Journal, the task was last week well rounded out by Collier's Weekly. Samuel Hopkins Adams' article entitled "Peruna and the Bracers" proved even more extended and more informing than was anticipated. Many of his facts are more or less familiar to physicians, but more are not. Medical men should read the article and call it to the attention of their patients. Showing that the drug content of peruna is less than one-half of 1 per cent., and that the alcohol content is about 23 per cent., Mr. Adams appears to make it inevitable that the manufacturer and the retailers of this nostrum are to feel the full weight of the new ruling of the United States Commissioner of Internal Revenue as to the imposition of the internal revenue liquor tax. The cost of

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