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JAMA. 1935;104(1):57-61. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760010059021.
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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Dec. 8, 1934.

The Dangers of Quack Medicines  In spite of repeated exposures and particularly the book on the "Composition of Secret Remedies," published by the British Medical Association, the trade flourishes and even reputable journals are full of glaring advertisements of their extraordinary virtues. An important statement on the dangers that may result from this uncontrolled sale has therefore been prepared by the council of the Royal College of Surgeons at the request of the Standing Committee on Scientific Research of the Economic Advisory Council (a body appointed by the government). The council of the Royal College of Surgeons declares that the sale of secret remedies has reached large dimensions and that in the interests of the public it should be placed under some control. Among the objectionable features of the uncontrolled sale are mentioned the following: 1. The remedy may contain some drug

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