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January 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(4):287. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530300039013

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Physicians are receiving circulars of a California mining company, offering them easy steps into quackery. On one of the mining claims is a mineral spring, "which furnishes a part of the specific for syphilis. It cures syphilis in from thirty to sixty days, and it leaves the patient's stomach, kidneys and liver in a perfect condition." Shares are now for sale at two and a half cents, and capital is wanted for development. The mineral spring specific announcement prepares one for the side proposition offered. The company has a remedy "for the complete cure of syphilis" and says: "You sell the remedy for $20.00 under positive guarantee to cure syphilis, you hold the money until the patient takes the treatment, and when they are cured you remit us one-half of the $20.00 and keep the other half." Here is a new bait. Is it possible that there are in our

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