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March 11, 1905

Why Patent Medicines Are Dangerous.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(10):804. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500370052016

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Stanberry, Mo., Feb. 24, 1905.

To the Editor:  —I have just read the page in the Ladies' Home Journal on "Why Patent Medicines are Dangerous,"1 and I believe the author has struck the key-note to the remedy, which is publicity.It is not possible for all physicians properly to analyze the contents of these nostrums, but every medical college of standing in the country is equipped for analytical work and could well afford to analyze samples without charge. If this was done the physicians of the country could be depended on to publish the known formulæ, and I verily believe it would not be long before the patent-medicine curse would be a thing of the past.I trust this question may be agitated, and I believe the remedy is now within our reach. E. T. Campbell.

[Comment.  —As our correspondent says, Edward Bok asserts in the Ladies' Home Journal that

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