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July 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(4):323-324. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540040055009

In another column3 we publish a portion of a forcible editorial from the Druggists Circular entitled "Canned Mud," which shows up the discreditable methods used by the "interests" jeopardized by an efficient and effective administration of the Food and Drugs Act in circulating widely to the newspaper press "canned" editorial matter, artfully concocted to undermine, by its ceaseless "drip, drip," even the most firmly established reputation. For some time past and at present these underhand methods are being widely adopted for the purpose of undermining public confidence in Dr. Wiley, chief chemist of the United States Department of Agriculture. The unscrupulousness of these tactics is equalled only by their antiquity. They always have been used by unprincipled persons and presumably always will be. All that can be done is to caution those who may be misled to remember that one can not smoke out a wasps' nest without rousing

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