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A federal grand jury has indicted the notorious James Armstrong of "Independent-Metropolitan, etc.," medical college fame with two of his associates, for improper use of the mails. While this shows that these impostors can be reached by the United States law at present probably more effectively than by existing State laws, it ought not to suggest any relaxation of efforts to make the latter more efficient. Illinois owes it to herself to see that her good name does not suffer further from the operations of such frauds, and a law like the one proposed at the last session of the legislature would best strike the evil at its root. If present laws were supplemented by one providing that no institution with less than a legally specified minimum endowment and a thorough equipment for teaching all branches of modern medical science, including clinical facilities, together with an efficient and genuine curriculum,
DIPLOMA-MILL ARMSTRONG INDICTED.. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(18):1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460440035010