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July 25, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(4):218-219. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430820046010

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The commissioners of charities in New York have considered it their duty to place two wards of Bellevue Hospital at the disposal of a physician who has a secret cure for inebriety. This physician is not a member of the hospital staff or board, and apparently proposes to prove to a skeptical public that his remedy is of such value that the authorities must adopt it at once. But literally he has secured a golden opportunity to pose before the public as a great deliverer and benefactor. The newspaper accounts from day to day of the treatment, and the interviews and statements of cured men, far exceed the wildest dreams of any gold-cure specifics in the past. The superintendent and the various reporters, together with some of the political managers, assume that it is wonderful. Even the mayor is impressed and convinced, and altogether it is the most startling exhibition

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