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September 14, 1912

One Editor's Attitude Toward the Samuels Fraud

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Platteville, Wis.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(11):894. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090138030

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To the Editor:  —Last fall a chronic diabetic patient came into my office and asked me for information concerning a certain nostrum which was administered by dropping the same into the eyes of the patient. [The Prof. Samuels fraud; see The Journal, Dec. 24, 1010 and "Nostrums and Quackery," p. 230.] The literature was extensive and the claims were extravagant. Every known disease, it was said, could be cured by this method, as the medicine followed the optic nerve directly into the brain and thus through the entire nervous system to every part of the body thereby eradicating disease, purifying the system, etc. I asked the patient if he really thought such things were possible by the use of a medicine that must be mild enough not to irritate the delicate membrane of the eye. His answer was that Mr. Blank, naming a chronic asthmatic, whom I have treated at

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