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February 4, 1893

Government Cheek.

JAMA. 1893;XX(5):137. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420320027008

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We hardly ever go to the postoffice without finding a letter or a circular from some firm who is anxious to instruct us in the practice of medicine. Each letter has advice as to what remedy is best to give in certain maladies, and we are told that these remedies are giving wonderful results and the greatest satisfaction. If all we are told in these circulars and letters is true, the medical schools had just as well close up shop and quit business. I am confident that I have received letters describing the treatment of nearly all, if not quite all, the diseases that the human family is subject to, and these letters tell us how to cure consumption, cancer, and other maladies, that we had been taught were incurable. It may seem that we are ungrateful if we do not appreciate all this kindness, and I must not forget

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