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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 15, 2003

Official Warning Against Charlatans.

JAMA. 2003;289(3):366. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.366-d

Miscellany.—The local board of health of Carlsruhe has issued two official announcements warning against a certain herb doctor who has been advertising in the lay press and an electric institute advertised to cure all kinds of diseases. The warning states that it is impossible for the herb doctor to make a correct diagnosis by letter, as he claims, and that his tea, liqueur and ointment have no curative value, while they cost twice as much as a physician's advice and prescription. As his practices defraud suffering persons the board urgently warns against applying to the herb doctor in question. The electric institute, it also explains, was at first under the supervision of a regular physician, but he has now retired, and the proprietor, originally a butcher, is now in charge.