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August 18, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(7):513. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520070047010

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The Michigan Legislature, in 1903, passed an act giving to the State Board of Registration the power to revoke the license of any physician publishing any disreputable or offensive advertisement. This law has been declared constitutional by the Supreme Court of Michigan. This is the end of a long contest against the law by the disreputable advertisers and affords a precedent which we hope will be extensively utilized. In the present reform enthusiasm it would be well if the advertisements of quacks attracted some share of the public attention. These vampires work on the ignorance and credulity of their victims first, and later, after they have got them in their power, they finish up the job by working on their fears. From first to last these individuals are frauds, and it is certainly not good public policy to permit the free exercise of their criminal talents. Revoking the license will

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