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February 26, 1898

Advertising in Medical Journals.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440610052020

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South McAlester, I. T., Feb. 4, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In answer to an advertisement in the Tri-State Medical Journal for December, 1897, I received the following literature:DOCTOR—DO You Cure Your Goiter Patients?I cure all of mine and receive from $25 to $50 from each of them. The cost of treating a case will not exceed $1. Inclose a 2 cent stamp for particulars.—M.D., Lock Box —, Bloomington, Ill.When respectable (?) medical journals admit such people to their advertising colums it is certainly time to cry halt. We wonder at the imbecility of the laity when they employ quacks, but what shall we say of the members of the profession who are equally guilty, as proven by the enclosed testimonial?Such journals are more than "particeps criminis," they are the instigators. Some means should be devised to compel these people to either sail under their true colors or

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