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Encouragement of the Nostrum Evil by "Reputable" Physicians

A. E. Conter, M.D.
JAMA. 1911;LVI(10):761. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560100053033.
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To the Editor:  —Permit me to ask a question. Why is it that medical men of repute will write articles for so-called medical periodicals whose advertising pages are reeking with advertisements of the worst nostrums, the very kind that the presumed leaders of the profession have set their faces against? I have before me a sample copy of such a periodical making a specialty of surgery. The leading article is written by an eminent surgeon of Baltimore, who specializes in gynecology. What are we to think about such doings? If he is of the rank and file that fight the nostrum evil, why does he not write only for such periodicals as have taken up this fight?

Comment.  —We do not know why reputable physicians will write for such medical journals as those described by our correspondent. Probably for the same reason that equally reputable men will allow their names


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