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July 7, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(1):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520010049009

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After many years of ups and downs—principally downs—in the Congress of the United States, the Pure Food Bill has become a law. Until the last year or two public sentiment had not been sufficiently aroused to influence our national legislators to give the matter more than scant attention, but during the past year that sentiment had become so strong that even the most indifferent were compelled to recognize it. The measure passed because the public demanded it, and because this demand was so strong, so insistent and came from so many quarters—from all over the country, in fact—that it could be no longer resisted. And yet when one realizes the tremendous opposition from those directly interested financially one can hardly believe that that opposition has been overcome. It seems too good to be true. Physicians are possibly a little more interested in that part of the law which relates to

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