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May 14, 1904

THE "PATENT-MEDICINE" CURSE.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(20):1293-1294. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490650031009

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Abstract

Under the above title, Mr. Edward Bok, editor of the Ladies' Home Journal, devotes a full page in the current issue of that periodical to the patent-medicine evil. He makes an appeal to the Woman's Christian Temperance Union actively to take up the fight against patent medicines on account of the alcohol they contain. While he recognizes that the alcohol curse is not the only bad feature of the evil, he evidently considers it one of the worst, and this is the main point of his article. He does not mince words, but states facts boldly and in a manner that is convincing. Since it appears in a journal with an immense circulation among women, who are more generally given to the patent-medicine habit than men, the article is certain to have a good effect, temporarily at least.

Bok prints a list of 36 different "patents" with the percentage of

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