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April 24, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(17):1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540430035010

Several times recently we have commented on the valuable and interesting data collected by the President's Homes Commission and published in its official reports. These reports, it will be remembered, compose the document whose transmission through the mails one of the United States senators tried to have prohibited. As we remarked at the time the immediate result of this action was to cause the document rooms of the House and Senate to be stripped of the reports, many of those who had access to them at once hastening to obtain what was fondly imagined to be a salacious morsel. Of course, no material of this sort is contained in the reports; they do contain, however, a vast amount of information very damaging to "patent medicine" and other equally vicious "interests." Whether this fact bears any relation to the attempt made to refuse mailing privileges to the document, can only be