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October 14, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(16):582. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420680032010

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The Medical News of Philadelphia, which has been making many pointed appeals for a greater and stronger union, in a recent and able editorial on the attitude of the lay press to the medical profession says:

"A Philadelphia newspaper lately made itself the agent of some patent medicine cure-all, and distributed thousands of bottles over its counter.

"There remains, of course, the humiliating confession that the existence of the newspaper doctor and of the newspaper debauch in quackery is indirectly and in large part the fault of the profession itself, dependent upon the fact that we are a non-organized profession, and that what organization we have is not used in the practical righting of medical abuses. Thus, again and perpetually, recurs the truth that every medical scandal and every aspect of our powerlessness resolves itself into our sins of disorganization, and of non-interest in practical matters and in preventive medicine.

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