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March 3, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):566. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460090052018

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One of the most striking physiologic phenomena of the last decade of the nineteenth century has been the rise and culmination of the Keeley gold cure for inebriety. Started in a small way, but nursed with care by energetic and capable business promoters, and especially built up by a quasi-hypnotic propaganda, it has been one of the great financial successes of the day. The death, just announced, of its originator, in Los Angeles, recalls the days when his name filled the papers and the little town of Dwight, Ill., was the Mecca of the "jagridden," where the "shots" and the "dope" were the chief regulators and events of life. The craze, for such it was, has long passed its meridian altitude, but the original gold cure is still fostered as a business enterprise, though its numerous offshoots and branches have largely disappeared. That it did some good need not be

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