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February 28, 1903

IMAGINARY BRIGHT'S DISEASE PRODUCED BY QUACK ADVERTISEMENTS.

JAMA. 1903;XL(9):589. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490090037005

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Abstract

The following clipping is taken from a recent daily paper:

SUICIDE DUE TO CAUSELESS FEAR.  Andrew J. Teggin, an artist, whose pictures have been exhibited at the Academy of Design, took chloroform to-day and died soon afterward at the New York Hospital. Teggin's death was the end of five years' dread of Bright's disease. Though eminent specialists had assured him he had no symptoms of the disease, he persisted in believing that he was doomed to die from it, and this so worked on his mind that he killed himself rather than wait for the end he felt sure would come.No statement of the case of the man's morbid psychology is mentioned, but the following passage published prominently in another portion of the same paper is highly suggestive:

TEST YOUR KIDNEYS.  Let some morning urine stand for twenty-four hours in a glass, or bottle. If then it is milky

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