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February 22, 1913

Dunn's Pure Food and Drug Legal Manual

JAMA. 1913;60(8):620. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340080060026

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The size of this book illustrates concretely how extensive has been the agitation during the past decade, for purity in food and drugs. But its more than two thousand pages represent only Parts 1 and 2 of Dunn's plan; a second volume is promised, to contain special food and drug laws and an index. The manual is valuable for its actual material. National laws aiming to regulate interstate commerce in the articles mentioned are here given; also those of individual states for business within the state. While the state laws differ widely, yet their aim purports, within state limits, to be similar to that of the federal laws, the protection of individual health. A study of the rendered judgments, here quoted or referred to, would afford valuable information as to how far these aims are being actually realized, and how far their rulings are "inoperative through lack of appropriation" or

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