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August 6, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(6):171-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420060025009

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The notoriety of this empiricism is rather a sad reflection on the general intelligence of the public, and also of many so-called physicians.

Charlatanism managed with psychological skill, assuming some discovery in science, that is a rational possibility, and covering up the real motives, is always attractive to the credulous and non-experts. But when it boldly proclaims theories outside the range of science and common sense, to be accepted entirely on faith, and the whole supported on a great pecuniary scheme to enrich the authors, it is difficult to understand how it should receive any serious attention. Compared with other empiric schemes, the bichloride of gold is very inferior in methods of management and assumed reality. It is the same old quackery, bold, ignorant and dogmatic, without a single original feature. The wild hysterical claims of cure by those who have used the secret remedy, is the same old story

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