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It is now eighteen years since the late Dr. S. D. Gross wrote what we believe was the first criticism of the endorsements of patent and quack medicines by clergymen, and of the advertisements of these swindles in religious papers. But as the world grows older and, we hope, better, the tendency of clergymen to speak whereof they do not know (in regard to these things) seems to have increased rather than diminished. It seems to be a curious coincidence that those clergymen who most frequently endorse patent medicines are those who are known as " popular " ministers, and whose names may be found in many daily newspapers and almost every magazine in the country as endorsing various brands of soap, stoves, pen-wipers, and many other articles of which they cannot be supposed to know more than other people.
The latest endorsement that we have seen is one of an
CLERGYMEN AND PATENT MEDICINES. JAMA. 1887;IX(4):118. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400030022005
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