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September 16, 1899

"CHEAP JOHN" MEDICINE.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(12):737. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450640051009

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Abstract

The medical profession has not been troubled in this country as much as in Great Britain, by competition of low-priced club practice, but we now and then see signs of its existence. In our large cities we have the possibly greater evil of dispensary abuses, and everywhere exists the cheap and nasty in quackery of every variety. To some form of this, we assume, refers the following quotation from a lay paper that has recently come to our notice: "It might have been supposed that the climax of low-priced medical treatment had been reached when patients could receive medical advice, with medicine, at the rate of $5.00 a month, and later as low as $1.00 a month, but it seems the bottom has not been touched. A medical institution advertises in the local papers to give the best physician's advice, consultation and examination and furnish medicines all for 50 cents."

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