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Novmber 21, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(12):1731. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010300105032

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FACTS ABOUT DRUGS AND DEVICES FOR WEIGHT REDUCING  According to a news release dated September, 1959, from the Food and Drug Administration, the following information about types of products currently or recently marketed for weight reducing represents the consensus of informed medical opinion about the usefulness, limitations, and hazards of use, if any, of these products.Electric vibrator devices include hand units, pillows, chairs, tables, and even mattresses. All furnish vibration by means of an electric motor with a rotating mechanism off-center from the drive shaft. Some also contain a heating element. Some people enjoy the sensation provided by the vibration of some of the devices. This vibration may, in some cases, provide temporary relief for minor muscular aches and pains due to fatigue or overexertion. Vibration has no other therapeutic effect, although false claims have been made that these devices will prevent or cure many serious diseases. No device

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