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December 22, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1634-1635. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510042011

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At the Columbus meeting of the American Medical Association desperate efforts were made by a representative of a Frenchman, named Crotté, to have the Association endorse his electrical method of treating consumption, for which he claimed great virtues. In spite of the fact that he failed to get recognition in any of the devious ways attempted, he caused to be sent out through the press dispatches the announcement that the Association had not only endorsed his treatment, but that the members had tendered him a banquet in token of the great work he had done for suffering humanity. Through efforts made by The Journal, the same publicity was given to a general denial that had been given to the false announcements. Later, we find these people working in another way to get medical endorsement of the method. Asserting that medical men would not give the method a fair trial, and

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