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February 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(5):425-426. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520310049010

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The pure food law has already begun to have an effect on the illegitimate nostrum concerns. One establishment, the Lightning Medicine Company, is announced as having gone out of business with $81,000 liabilities and practically no assets because it could not legally sell its products under the labels employed. The natural inference is that the debts must have been incurred mainly, if not altogether, for labels and advertising, the other stock in trade being worthless under its true name. A number of other "patent-medicine" concerns have also gone out of business, according to commercial reports. There will be others, and no one need regret it except those who directly lose thereby. There is no profit to the country in establishments that are nothing but wind and advertising.

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