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November 11, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(20):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420720027009

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The London Lancet and the Medical Press denounced Keeleyism and the gold cure over a year ago as quackery of the worst stamp, and followed it up in several issues with very strong condemnations of this scheme. As a result a suit for libel was begun, Keeley giving bonds for the costs. These actions for libel were telegraphed all over the country as news, and the inference made clear that this so-called great discoverer of bichlorid was going to defend his reputation, and work for humanity, and legally show his claims as one of the few immortals. Timid editors who had ventured a doubt as to his claims and methods, hesitated and became silent. A few medical editors grew more defiant and kept up a steady fire, but some of the wiser ones withdrew all notice, finding opposition as good an advertisement as praise.

The lawyers for Keeley very adroitly

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