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December 16, 1905

THE "DRUMMER" EVIL AT HOT SPRINGS.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(25):1877. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510250043012

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Abstract

It appears to be a fact that, in spite of the United States control of the Hot Springs reservation, the old evils there still exist. It has become one of the great health resorts of the country, but for some reason, perhaps for the lack of sufficient legislation by Congress or the state legislature, or lack of sufficient power on the part of the authorities to enforce existing enactments, the drummers and quack doctors are still in evidence and the commercialism and graft that were before notorious are still in full sway. The leasing of the privileges by the government under present regulations is held by some to be responsible for this. As far as the general government is responsible for matters at Hot Springs, it is its duty to make and to enforce such rules as will bring about a better state of affairs. If legislation by Congress is

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