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April 6, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(14):1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520400041011

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Advertising quacks, having as a rule a certain definite line of treatment (?) for all patients, have long been known to fabricate the diagnoses of their victims' ailments to suit such treatment. The knocking down of these men of straw, in fact, constitutes the theatrical side of their business. Most of these concerns at least have been consistent enough to have some slight degree of relationship between their diagnoses and their treatments. In the suit instituted against the "Wisconsin Medical Institute" recently mentioned in these columns it appears that even the element of consistency is sometimes lacking. According to the testimony of the "doctor" employed by the institute not only were false diagnoses given, but the treatment (?) instituted would not have helped the patients even had the diagnosis been correct. The testimony was fortified by the fact that the physician in question was an unwilling witness and that his statements had

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