November 3, 1900

Was "Commercialism" Its Basis? A Protest.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(18):1166. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460440040016

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Asheville, N. C., Oct. 24, 1900.

To the Editor:  —It seems to me most unfortunate that you should have allowed your excellent tuberculosis number of October 20 to be spoiled by giving access to it, of a paper which, apparently—for I do not want to do its author an injustice in case it was meant well—is a purely commercial advertisement of a special method of treatment so indistinctly described that those wishing to test its reputed virtues will have to write to its author for particulars. I refer to the paper by Dr. Lisle, of Columbus, on the Treatment of Pulmonary Tuberculosis. I believe that any one who reads it will be convinced that, however honest the intention of its author, he has been unfortunate in the way in which he wrote, if he wished to "avoid the appearance of evil."When one comes forward with a new treatment it

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