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May 14, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(20):1675-1676. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790200043015

The versatility of the quack is notorious; he commercializes epidemics and makes disease pay dividends through nostrums. In the department of The Journal devoted to the work of the Bureau of Investigation attention has been called repeatedly to the number of so-called stomach remedies that have been put on the market during the past few years: "Currier's Tablets," "Kolloyd," "Pfunder's Stomach Tablets," "Turns," "Udga," "Willard's Tablets." The cause of this flood has doubtless been the increased incidence of gastric conditions associated with the worry and mental depression of the period of economic stress through which the nation has passed and is passing.

These dangers have recently been reduced to clinical entities by A. B. Rivers of the Division of Medicine of the Mayo Clinic, who sketches1 the results of a survey relative to the incidence of dyspepsia among a large number of patients presenting themselves for examination. Rivers and