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November 16, 1901

THE WRONG AND RIGHT WAY OF PROSECUTING ILLEGAL PRACTITIONERS.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(20):1322-1323. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470460036006

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Abstract

In a certain town in a Western state a "cancer doctor," with no medical qualification, was pretending to cure not only cancers but other diseases also. On the instigation of some physicians he was arrested, taken before the justice court and fined. His lawyer appealed to the district court, and there the decision of the lower court was affirmed, but the attorney carried it to the supreme court. Meanwhile, the illegal practitioner kept on his work unmolested. In course of time the case came up before the supreme court, but those interested neglected to employ an attorney to follow it up, with the natural result that the case was thrown out and the cancer quack is still practicing in the same town; the physicians, disgusted at the outcome, are doing nothing there to suppress him. A few months afterward, in the same town, a Chinaman started with effective advertising and

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