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February 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350040012

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The influence of the Postoffice Department in regulating, if not actually controlling, the sale of spurious drugs and medicines and appliances for criminal purposes is of the highest importance. It is a source of congratulation that the present Postmaster-General, Mr. Cortelyou, is fully alive to this fact, as is shown by his letter published in the Department of Medical Legislation. The thanks of the medical profession and society in general are due to the Postoffice Department for having suppressed many concerns that have been engaged in this nefarious traffic. It is a matter of sincere regret, however, that the present law does not enable the department to deal summarily with many of these offenders. Congress should so amend existing legislation that it shall be an offense to deposit in the mails matter advertising either remedies, appliances or treatment intended for fraudulent or criminal purposes and authorizing the confiscation of the

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