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October 12, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(15):982. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470410034007

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According to the Medical Press and Circular, the official records of the city of Berlin show that 60 per cent. of the quacks there prospering have been ordinary day-laborers before they blossomed out as professed benefactors of the afflicted, that only 40 per cent, have had an elementary common school education, and that of the female contingent about 58 per cent. have been servant girls. Nevertheless, it is probable that they have their share of the practice among the wealthy and soi disant cultured classes, and, as the irregulars here claim for themselves, "pull silver doorknobs" perhaps almost as much as better qualified practitioners. We conjecture this because human weakness is not a matter of national boundaries, and Germans are, according to our observations, no more sensible as regards medical impositions than other nationalities. Another interesting fact also related is that about 30 per cent. of the Berlin quacks have

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