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November 11, 1905

THE PATENT MEDICINE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(20):1500-1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510200046005

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Abstract

A flood of brilliant illumination has been thrown on the methods by which proposed public health legislation has been defeated, but coincidently a heavy shadow is cast over the boasted freedom of the American press. "The fighting of public health legislation is the primary object and chief activity, the raison d'être, of the Proprietary Association." "The younger Pierce stated explicitly the agency responsible for the defeat of this public health legislation: 'We must not forget to place the honor where due for our uniform success in defeating class legislation directed against our legitimate pursuits. The American Newspaper Publishers' Association has rendered us valuable aid,... and we can hardly overestimate the power brought to bear at Washington by individual newspapers.'" "They printed scores of bitterly partisan editorials against the public health bill and against its authors personally,... and even in the persons of editors and owners went up to the state

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