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January 1926


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1926;13(1):1-16. doi:10.1001/archderm.1926.02370130004001

"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self."

The extraordinary prevalence of medical quackery in this somewhat enlightened age, seems of sufficient importance to be chosen as the subject of my address. That medical charlatanry has existed from the earliest times and will not entirely disappear until the millenium arrives is certain and is plainly shown by a perusal of the splendid book of Dr. James J. Walsh,1 entitled "Cures, the Story of the Cures that Fail." This book, with its historical account of the various medical frauds which have been perpetrated on gullible humanity during many centuries should prove of absorbing interest to every physician. Written, as it is, in the author's delightfully humorous style and without a trace of spite or ill will, it is the kind of book that is most likely to influence the average layman. An interesting little book on

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