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July 9, 1932

BERLIN

JAMA. 1932;99(2):145-146. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740540053023

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Abstract

The Swarm of Charlatans in Germany  According to an official survey contained in the Reichsgesundheitsblatt, the number of lay practitioners in the German reich, during the past two generations, was as follows:In fact, there were more lay practitioners than these records show. This official report, however, deserves careful study, for it shows clearly the danger that threatens the health of the German people at the hands of charlatans. This report of the federal bureau of health reveals that the charlatans, that is, "unlicensed persons who treat patients as their regular occupation," show an increase of 4.3 per cent over the previous year, whereas the total number of persons engaged in the treatment and care of the sick increased only 0.3 per cent. If the defects and omissions of statistics are taken into consideration, it must be admitted that not nearly all wandering charlatans are included in the foregoing table.

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