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February 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(5):422-423. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520310046005

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The far-sighted men in our profession have always insisted that no lasting nor effective reform of the evils of quackery could come about until the public was aroused to the necessity of abolishing the bloodsuckers and vampires that prey on the sick. To the average man and woman the argument that "the doctors are mad because their business is being hurt" is so in line with every-day ethics as to constitute an adequate explanation of the profession's opposition to this form of deception and dishonesty.

Such events as the adoption of the Food and Drugs Act by Congress, the well-known and effective campaign carried on by Collier's Weekly and the Ladies' Home Journal, and other similar efforts on the part of laymen are, in truth, signs of better things to come. One of the publications which has been waging a telling and relentless war against fakers and frauds is the

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