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May 6, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(18):1454. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500450042010

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The interests opposed to a national pure-food law are not noted for the nicest scruples in the choice of methods to postpone the inevitable day when the public health may no longer be made the sport of adulterating plunderers. Few, nevertheless, were prepared for the appalling revelation to be found in the editorial columns of Collier's Weekly, May 6, 1905. Therein it is alleged that, recognizing the inevitable failure of a fair combat of fact and argument, the associated adulterators have, without compunction, endeavored to deliver a stab in the back to the pure-food movement. We are told that two sensational and grossly overexaggerated articles, depicting in impossible terms and figures the evils of food and drug adulteration, which recently were widely circulated in the press as having been read before a late meeting in Chicago of the executive committee of the National Association of State Dairy and Food Departments,

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