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March 3, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(9):640-641. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640360048021

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To What Extent the Sending of Pamphlets May Constitute Illegal Practice of Medicine  A Lyons herbalist became the proprietress of a botanical laboratory in which the medicinal decoctions (tisanes) of an abbé were manufactured. She solicited clients by means of circulars and advertisements in the public press, in which she advised patients suffering from any one of twenty diseases enumerated to begin the use, if they wished to recover, of the medicinal decoctions recommended in a pamphlet, giving twenty modes of treatment, of which the abbé was the author and which was furnished gratis to all persons requesting it. In response to letters, the herbalist sent out an advertising pamphlet, the cover of which bore a picture of the abbé, and the preface of which was signed by him as evidence of his endorsement. The results of a therapeutic method which consisted in the use of the medicinal decoctions of

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