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February 17, 1912

Where Is the Truth?

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(7):510. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020194033

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The object of this book is to expose the dangers and harms of remedies advertised in the lay press. The Russian government decreed in 1907 that a "patent-medicine" vender must obtain a special permit for advertising his remedy and must give its composition and mode of preparation. Such action on the part of the government became urgent on account of the enormous number of fake remedies that appeared on the market during the two years after the official censorship of the press was abolished. The advertisements during these two years became so numerous, so fantastic and so impudent that it was necessary to put some restrictions not only on domestic, but also on imported "patent medicines." Thanks to the energetic action of the Russian government, the number of advertised "patent medicines" decreased considerably, because some were not allowed to be advertised at all, and in the case of those which

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