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January 6, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(1):45. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510280049009

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The postoffice department, with the co-operation of the Bureau of Chemistry of the Department of Agriculture, is doing most effective work, in a quiet way, in protecting the public from medical frauds. Of course, this work is not far reaching, for it is limited to those frauds that depend, more or less at least, on the postoffice for their success. We have published accounts of several fraud orders issued by the department, and this week we give space to another. A campaign has been conducted for the postoffice department by the Bureau of Chemistry against "manhood restorers," those which are in the form of medicines, but there have sprung up a number of firms which exploit mechanical contrivances—"developers." These affairs are not only means of swindling the ignorant and deluded out of their money, but they are positively harmful, and with them it is absolutely impossible to accomplish any good.

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