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March 31, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(13):961. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510400039010

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When all other sources fail to check disreputable medical advertisers, the U. S. postal laws frequently intervene most efficiently. A postal inspector who had already done good work in Boston was recently ordered by the Postmaster-General to go to New York to investigate a certain class of advertisers in the newspapers of that city. He found many advertisements which showed their intent clearly and that the advertisers were illegally using the United States mails; the counsel of the County Medical Society was able to furnish what amounted in some instances to legal proof of the offense against the United States laws. A large number of the more prominent of these advertisers were called to account, and it is said that many of them will be compelled to leave their present fields of activity and to seek other locations— some of them, perhaps, under pretty rigid physical restrictions. A similar campaign

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