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March 13, 1909

THE REPORT OF THE HOMES COMMISSION AND THE ATTEMPT TO SUPPRESS IT

JAMA. 1909;LII(11):895-896. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540370053011

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Abstract

One of the most interesting and valuable of government documents issued for many years is the "Report of the President's Homes Commission" which has recently appeared. It is a 400-page book, filled from cover to cover with data and suggestions of much more than ordinary interest. Those parts dealing with sanitation and with the drug habit will appeal to physicians as particularly opportune and to the point, and the public generally will have its eyes opened to the viciousness of self-drugging and the frauds in patent medicines and quackery. Its educative value is so great, and the general scope of its inquiry so excellent, that when the daily papers recently asserted that an effort was being made in the United States Senate to prohibit the transmission of the document by the United States mails, it was difficult to accept the statement seriously. There seems no doubt, however, that pressure is

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