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March 4, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(9):674-675. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740090046023

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Academy Refuses to Further Commercial Propaganda  The Academy of Medicine has among its duties that of responding to requests for information, by the minister of public health, on all subjects pertaining to hygiene. A committee is appointed to study and report on every question submitted to it. The academy takes up the conclusions of the committee and rejects, accepts or modifies them, at a general meeting of all members. The most common conclusions concern requests addressed to the minister for authority to develop new springs or to manufacture serums or vaccines. At other times the academy takes the initiative in recommending to the minister urgent measures, such as the medical examination of drivers of automobiles or measures to be adopted against the spread of alcoholism. When it is a question of repressive measures, the minister gives little heed to the recommendations of the academy, particularly if politics or powerful interests

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