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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 6, 2012


JAMA. 2012;307(21):2236. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3015

Quackery flourishes the world over. European countries, where on account of strong paternal governments many things are managed well, are not free from this pest. Quacks thrive in England, Germany and other countries of Europe, but benighted Russia seems to keep them in leash better than most other countries. As far back as 1788, laws were provided in Russia protecting the people from all forms of irregular practice, and such laws have continued to hold a restraining hand on quackery down to the present time. By the application of a well-known modern political method, however, a “joker,” which affords a loophole for a certain amount of irregular practice, has been inserted into some of the laws regulating the practice of medicine. Still, the number of quacks in Russia who do business on a large scale is small.