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August 8, 1896

SHOULD GOVERNMENT ENCOURAGE MEDICINE, OR QUACKERY?

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(6):329-331. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430840045006

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Abstract

It is high time that the American medical profession should ask the American people if it is the proper function of our Government to enact and execute laws furthering the science of medicine, and therefore the health of the community and the progress of civilization, or whether it is much longer to ignore these noble purposes and continue to support downright quackery? A most striking instance of this pernicious result of legislation has lately come to light in the last Report of the Postmaster General, in which he shows that the Government annually carries 133,000 tons of mail matter costing at the rate of eight cents a pound, for which there is received in postage but one cent a pound; this results in a direct annual loss of about eighteen and one-half millions of dollars. It would be impossible to say what proportion of this second-class mail matter thus carried

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