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December 8, 1883

Reports from the Consuls of the United States on the Commerce, Manufactures, etc., of their Consular Districts. No. 32. August, 1883. Published by the Department of State, According to Act of Congress.

JAMA. 1883;I(22):654. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390220022009

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There is generally something of professional interest to be found in these reports, and in the present number there is a report by Consul Tanner, of Liege and Verviers, on American Proprietary Medicines in Belgium, the tone of which is not very pleasing to the American medical practitioner. Consul Tanner is evidently doing all he can, and with self-commendation for his efforts, to introduce patent medicines abroad. He incloses an advertisement (not given) in the form of an American flag, 3½ by 6½ inches, with the reading matter (in French) on the white:stripes, extolling Hop Bitters, which he says is distributed throughout the city and handed to every passer-by. He says: "Since my dispatch No. 27 I am glad to see other familiar medicines in the windows here, among them Allen's Hair Vigor. An idea pervades people that things that are foreign possess superior virtues to those found at home,

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