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November 28, 1908

THE EPILEPTIC INSTITUTE COMPANY.ANOTHER1 FRAUDULENT CONCERN AND ITS SUPPRESSION BY THE POSTOFFICE DEPARTMENT.

JAMA. 1908;LI(22):1860-1865. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410220032003a
Abstract

Among the pseudo-medical institutions that have been investigated and closed through fraud orders by the Postoffice Department was a Cincinnati concern known as the Epileptic Institute. The following is an abstract of the report on this concern by R. P. Goodwin, Assistant Attorney General to the Postmaster General. It is based on an investigation conducted by Inspector George W. Sorenson and others:

This business consists of a medical treatment by mail of the disease of epilepsy. One Otto Kalmus, a resident of Cincinnati, commenced the business in the spring of 1903, under the name of the Epileptic Institute, and so it continued until July, 1907, when he incorporated it under the name of the Epileptic Institute Company, he continuing as president and general manager and principal owner. As a private address for patients who, it was explained, might not care to have it known that they were corresponding with an

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