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October 7, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(15):922-923. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450670048015

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Under the above caption, the Philadelphia Medical Journal editorially discusses a most vital question, as follows:

The question as to what to do about the awful craze of quackery with which the American people seem to be seized is one of the most serious things in our public life. Millions upon millions of dollars are spent each year to enable many thousands of young men to learn the science of medicine, a. science linked with all the other sciences, and the outcome of centuries of patient effort to learn the mystery and cure of disease. A success in reducing the death-rate to a marvelous degree is the unquestioned result of this long and great intellectual, civilizing labor. In this result the entire people should be profoundly interested, because nothing comes home to each so closely as his health and that of his family and friends. The very infectiousness of disease

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