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August 12, 1933

The Legal and Ethical Aspects of Medical Quackery.

JAMA. 1933;101(7):550. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740320060036

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This is an interesting and informative little book, in which the author, an English barrister, discusses the irregular practice of medicine, herbalists, bonesetters, chiropractors, osteopaths, homeopaths, abortionists, peripatetic opticians, "patent medicine" quackery and religious quackery. Much of the book is written from the standpoint of English law and custom, but the conditions described do not seem to differ widely from analogous conditions in the United States. Although the author's discussion of affairs in this country is in some respects out of date and in others erroneous, American readers are hardly likely to be misled. To any one who is interested in the broader aspects of quackery as related to the art of healing, the book is worth while.

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