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In the editorial columns of the Journal of July 25, we spoke of the almost necessarily futile results of vaccination against cholera; and in the miscellaneous department of the same issue of the Journal we gave an abstract of a letter from an American physician to the Chicago Tribune. Le Progrès Médicale, of July 11, contains an abstract of the report of MM. Brouardel, Charrin and Albarran, the Commission sent by the Académie de Médicine to Spain to investigate the alleged discoveries of Dr. Ferran. This report is of two-fold interest, as showing the depth to which a member of an honored and honorable profession can sink himself in charlatanry and quackery of the worst form; and also as pointing a moral for those who have entered, and those who propose entering, the fields of scientific research.
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THE FRENCH COMMISSION AND DR. FERRAN. JAMA. 1885;V(5):130–131. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391040018004
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