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April 11, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(15):1196. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530410036007

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The series of articles which appeared in Collier's Weekly some two years ago under the caption "The Great American Fraud," aroused no little trepidation among the "patent-medicine" men whose atrocious villainy was so thoroughly and so mercilessly exposed. But these men were hopeful, for they felt that the articles, appearing as they did in a weekly paper, would be ephemeral, that the sensation created would be effaced by newer topics, and that when the articles came to an end the indignation they aroused would pass into that oblivion in which so many reform movements find a resting place. This, in fact, might easily have occurred had it not been for the general awakening of the national conscience and the renewed interest on the part of the public in campaigns against frauds of all kind.

The splendid work done by Mr. Adams, it seemed to us, was deserving of the widest

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