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February 3, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(5):324-330. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510320010001b

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It is fortunate for society that most of us are not familiar with the many disheartening pages of criminology, because we experience sufficient disappointments early in life to shake the most optimistic faith in human nature; but there are certain phases of moral perversion of which but little is known to the expert criminologist, much less to the general masses. Untrodden ground is always interesting, and especially so if publicity of the unknown discovered there can benefit mankind.

The study of the many medical forgeries and frauds that are perpetrated on the unsuspecting public throughout the world, but more especially in this country, where our laws regulating the practice of medicine are so ineffective, offers a field for investigation replete with examples of moral turpitude comparatively unknown to the medical profession and of which the general public has no conception. If such were not true public opinion relative to the

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