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April 18, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(16):1271. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530420039009

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A verdict recently rendered by a federal jury should be an encouragement to those interested in the suppression of quackery. A certain Mr. Hibbard, said to be the proprietor of the Boston Medical Institute and the Bellevue Medical Institute of Chicago, as well as of similar establishments in other cities, was indicted by the federal grand jury and placed on trial on the charge of using the United States mails for fraudulent purposes. We learn from the newspapers that he has just been sentenced to two years in prison, although a temporary stay of execution has been granted. The news of his conviction is said to have created considerable sensation in the suburban city in which he lived and in which he was regarded as a model citizen. The instructive point to those interested in the suppression of quackery, however, is the prompt and effective results which followed federal interference

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