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September 27, 1902

Quack Advertisements and Religious Papers.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(13):782. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480390048016

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Ridgway, Pa., Sept. 20, 1902.

To the Editor:  —This last summer I drafted and presented to the official board of the First M. E. Church of this place, being a member of the board, a set of resolutions, drawing attention to the falseness of statements and dishonesty of purpose of various advertisers of "patent" medicines, and condemning the publication of such advertisements by the publishers of our church periodicals. The resolutions were passed, but two members of the official board voting against them. I took the ground that it was detrimental to the interests of the church that the papers should receive a profit from so false a business. Copies of the resolutions were sent to the various church publications circulating in this district. If necessary this move can be followed up to the annual and general conferences.

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