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July 27, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(4):165. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430300037008

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The efforts made to bolster up the expiring Keeley cure by special legislation last winter were in some few cases successful, to the extent of the passage of acts in its favor. As a sequel we have in a neighboring State a county resisting payment of bills of a gold cure establishment for the treatment of pauper drunkards, and it is probable that the constitutionality of at least one of these measures will be fairly tested in the courts. That a special proprietary secret method of treatment should be the recipient of State support, that the public funds should be drawn upon to pay for what is absolutely unknown, and is purposely kept so, lest its use should become extended, to the damage of its proprietor, or as one might naturally suspect, because it is feared that enlightenment as to its nature would damage public confidence in its virtue, seems

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