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December 19, 1891

HABITUAL ENDORSERS OF NOSTRUMS.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(25):979. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411030037005

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Abstract

The Western Druggist, November, states that the same clergymen and women who gave such rose-colored testimonials to the Hubbard Ayer concoction of cocaine in poor sherry, are now among those who are bolstering up the "gold cure" for inebriates. The same journal makes mention of another and stranger incident regarding this same "cure." A physician has begun a libel suit against the proprietor of the fraud. The former addressed a letter of inquiry about the plan of treatment, and was thunderstruck to find himself enrolled among the drunkards who had been cured. This kind of endorsation of nostrums is one habitually used by the receivers of the letters, although not so intended by their authors. When the people begin to "poke fun at" or ridicule a quackish undertaking, its race must be nearly ended.

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