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November 14, 1908

CHEAP POSTAGE AND THE NOSTRUM CIRCULAR NUISANCE.

JAMA. 1908;LI(20):1702-1703. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540200050009

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Abstract

That there would be disadvantages, as well as advantages, connected with the introduction of 2-cent letter postage between this country and Great Britain was to be expected, but it is rather surprising that the first complaint, so far as we have seen, should come from the medical profession of Great Britain. There seems to be a fear in the minds of the British profession—according to some of our British exchanges—that the benefits of the "penny postage" may be more than counterbalanced by the advantage that is likely to be taken of the cheap rate by the American nostrum promoters. The 1-cent circular hitherto in vogue has been easily recognizable and has consequently given rise to no greater trouble than that entailed by throwing it unopened into the waste-paper basket. The substitution of advertisements in the form of sealed letters which will require opening, and at least perfunctorily perusing, for the

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