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June 18, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(25):1629. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490700029008

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The patent-medicine men are doing their best to counteract the impression made on the public by the recent utterances of Mr. Bok in the widely circulated Ladies' Home Journal. Beside the suits that have been started against him and the journal, a circular has been sent out to druggists, and there are other evidences of increased activity on the part of the manufacturers. Undoubtedly this agitation will invigorate the opposition to the Pure Food Bill when it comes up before the Senate next session, and it behooves the medical profession to do its best to prevent these influences having their effect. If we are idle, the opposition is not. We may find that many votes have been pledged against the bill through the personal work of the patent-medicine manufacturers and others interested. We should relax no effort during the interim of the session of Congress to insure the passage of

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