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August 4, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(5):304. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460310038014

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Every generation, perhaps every decade, seems to have its fad or fads, and the recent past has not differed from remote antiquity in this respect. A certain period evidently is required for the public to realize its mistakes, but such a fondness does it have for the mysterious and the unreal, so anxious is it to be deceived, that it no sooner drops one delusion than it takes up another. We have thus had within the present century Perkinism, Mesmerism, Keelyism, Eddyism, faith-cure, osteopathy, etc. We have, perhaps, entered on an era of "suggestive therapeutics." Most of those mentioned are dead or already dying, and we must await with patience the advent of the next. Sometimes the public awakes, thinks, lets its passion run unbridled and overcome good judgment and then something happens. In an Ohio town a self-styled divine healer of the Dowie stripe, under whose ministrations several infants

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