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March 18, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500380044009

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When financial reasons are the basis of action in spite of the right or the wrong of the matter, it is customary for those involved to make some excuse to veil the motives, and not to speak so plainly as to reveal the real animus. The following quotation from a telegram to the Chicago Tribune is certainly frank: "The press association resolved to take action to kill bills in the legislature [Wis.] that aim to give medical examiners the power to revoke the licenses of physicians who advertise and to require patent medicine companies to publish their formulæ on the bottles. The latter bill, it is asserted, will deprive publishers of the state of $500,000. Other bills, limiting county printing, cost, etc., will be fought." We are glad that the Tribune is not so controlled by commercial interests as to prevent its stating news in plain terms.

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