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March 22, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(12):836-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.62880120001008

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CHAPTER 20. The War  1915-19191915

SAN FRANCISCO  Late in 1914, as one of its many exposés of "patent" medicines, The Journal of the American Medical Association published a report on a product manufactured by the Chattanooga Medicine Company of Tennessee called "Wine of Cardui." The article had been prepared as a joint effort of the laboratory of the Association, the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry, the Division of Propaganda for Reform and the editorial department. The facts stated were so challenging that the owners of the Chattanooga Medicine Company (the Patton family, one of whom was a leader in the Methodist Church South) sued for libel. The record of the suit is told in another chapter. The company also sued Dr. Oscar Dowling, who was secretary of the state board of health in Louisiana. The Board of Trustees determined to make a complete defense in the case and the

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