JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
A Michigan law making revocable the license of any physician publishing
illegitimate advertisements in the newspapers has been commented on already
in THE JOURNAL. The law in Iowa would be still more effective if it were only
enforced. In the Iowa Medical Journal, December 15,
Dr. H. B. Young calls attention to Section 4954 of the Iowa statute, which
reads: "Whoever prints or publishes, or causes to be printed or published,
in any newspaper published or circulated in this state, and advertisement
of medicine, drug, nostrum or apparatus for the cure of private or venereal
disease, or shall circulate or distribute any newspaper containing such an
advertisement or notice, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be fined
not more than $1,000 nor less than $50, or shall be imprisoned in the county
jail not more than one year, or both." Under this statute Iowa ought to be
free from objectionable advertisements of the character mentioned, but we
fear that the law is very seldom enforced. It is unfortunate, moreover, that
the statute does not cover other objectionable advertisements that are inserted
in the newspapers that are just as evil in their origin and tendencies as
those specified. It would probably not be difficult to have such added by
amendment. Young suggests to the members of the medical profession that they
do their part in aiding in the enforcement of the statute as it now exists.
The editor of the Iowa Medical Journal says that
the main thing necessary will be for the committee on public health and legislation
in each county society to call the attention of the offending parties to this
law, and to stimulate the county attorney, when necessary, to take action.
ILLEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS IN IOWA. JAMA. 2004;291(1):132. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.132-b
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