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January 16, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(3):218. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540290044010

Probably no disease has been the subject of so much altruistic and altogether unselfish study, and its eradication the object of so great an amount of self-sacrificing labor, as has tuberculosis. Conversely, no other disease has been made the basis of so much heartless fraud in the exploitation of commercial "cures." The reason for the latter is not hard to find. Sufferers from tuberculosis die slowly and until the very last they are persistently optimistic as to the outcome. The average consumptive, even though intelligent above the ordinary, is ever ready to grasp the proverbial straw in the form of any much-vaunted "specific" for his dreaded malady. Such material as this is to the "consumption cure" faker what the confirmed gambler is to the tipster. From the sordid and brutal standpoint of the medical quack the victim of tuberculosis is an easy prey. These facts, patent to every one who