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February 1926

CHICAGO LARYNGOLOGICAL AND OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Oct. 19, 1925

Arch Otolaryngol. 1926;3(2):196-202. doi:10.1001/archotol.1926.00580010210014

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Abstract

AURALQUACKERY ANDPSEUDOMEDICINE. Presented by DR. ARTHUR J. CRAMP (Director of the Bureau of Investigation, American Medical Association).

Dr. Cramp discussed quackery and pseudomedicine as applied to otology. His talk was illustrated by lantern slides which displayed the advertisements familiar to some of our publications, as, for example, the "Leonard Ear Oil and Ear Drum," "Aurine Ear Balsam," the "Hear-Well Oil," "Virex Products," "Rattlesnake Oil," etc. The fact that manufacturers of such useless products succeed in a financial way is an interesting commentary on the low level of human intelligence that exists in certain classes of our population.

The lecture included the discussion of the numerous mechanical devices with which these unfortunate victims of incurable deafness are pursued by unscrupulous manufacturers, such as "Actina," the "perfect ozone battery," the widely advertised "Wilson Ear Phone," which has been purchased so extensively by patients suffering from a type of deafness

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