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November 29, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(22):1396. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480480038005

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Some time ago the Postmaster General excluded the Weltmer magnetic healing concern of Nevada, Missouri, from postal privileges and an appeal to the courts sustained the order. The United States Supreme Court has now overruled the decision of the lower tribunals, thus restoring to the pretenders the use of the mails. According to the press reports, which are all we have at present, the decision makes a general ruling as regards the rights of medical healing pretenders to the use of the mails. It says, as reported, in effect that however extravagant the claims that are made no one can set the limit where the statutes are violated. "There is no exact standard of absolute truth by which to prove the assertion false and a fraud."

This seems to us rather a broad statement, for there must be some difference between the truth and a lie. As we recollect it,

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