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The Boosting of Spahlinger
The boosting of the Spahlinger treatment of tuberculosis in the lay press, while medical experts maintain an attitude of reserve, has been described in previous letters. Another outburst of boosting, on an unprecedented scale, has just begun. The public is assured that Spahlinger has discovered the cure for tuberculosis and will munificently present it to humanity for nothing. Some of the displayed headings are "Consumption Doomed," "Scientist's Boon to Humanity." Whence this chorus of laymen, quite ignorant of medicine, derive their information, perhaps one should say inspiration, which enables them to pronounce so positively on a very doubtful subject, we are not told. "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." However, these people are not fools but smart journalists. As before, the politicians join in the chorus. A well known member of parliament has offered to head a subscription list with a donation of $5,000
LONDON. JAMA. 1927;88(6):414–415. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680320050019
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