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March 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(9):588-589. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480090040009

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Disreputable or questionable advertising methods are not restricted to any country, and we are probably as well off in this respect as are the transatlantic regions. At least we have no one here as prominent in surgery as a certain French operator whose alleged performances in connection with the Dreyfus trial, and certain still more recent events have excited not merely professional but also lay comment. Among the press dispatches from Paris we find the following: "Dr. Doyen's methods of advertising himself in connection with the operation of separating Radica and Dodica, the Hindoo twins, are exciting general disgust among Paris medical practitioners. M. Charles Laurent, in the Matin, has belled the cat by denouncing the quackery of France's foremost surgeon in indignant terms. Dr. Doyen, in the meantime, issues daily bulletins wherein he does not scruple to advertise patent nutriments supplied to the patients." When this sort of thing

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