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July 2, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(1):38-39. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740530040014

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On June 16, Lester Tilton, notorious and aggressive promoter of a nostrum for cancer, was found guilty of conspiracy to violate the medical practice act of the state of Illinois. Similar verdicts were also brought by the jury against two co-defendants who aided Tilton in his quackery—Harry de Joannis, a promoter, and Joseph Duffy, a licensed physician. Tilton and de Joannis face a penitentiary term of from one to five years and the payment of a fine of $2,000. The jury recommended that some leniency be shown Duffy because of his comparative youth—a term of one day to one year in the county jail.

Tilton's activities have long been a stench and a disgrace to the Middle West. Originally from Clinton, Iowa, Tilton came, a year or two ago, to Chicago, doubtless deciding that Illinois offered a lush field. With the personnel that composed the Department of Registration and Education

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