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November 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(21):1745. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520210053011

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In another column will be found a report of a conference of public-spirited men and women—both medical and lay—held in New York last week, to organize a national society for the protection of the public against quackery in all its forms. The conference was certainly a representative one, for not only was the medical profession well represented, but also various sectarian religious bodies, as well as temperance organizations. The conference resulted in the organization of a body to be known as the Public Health Defense League. This movement is the result of the active work of the Medical Society of the County of New York, through its attorney, Mr. Champe S. Andrews, against the fraudulent quacks in New York City. The success of the work of this society, by the way, shows that public opinion will back up the efforts for suppressing frauds, even as regards advertising quacks. The New

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