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THE CREDULITY OF THE PEOPLE AS IT PERTAINS TO MEDICINE AND RELIGION.

T. B. GREENLEY, M.D.
JAMA. 1900;XXXV(4):214-215. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620300016002d.
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It would seem, from our every-day reading and observation, that the faith or credulity of the people is greatly on the increase. And this faith in the virtues of medicine and so-called doctors, is only equalled, or excelled, by religious instincts. If a new doctrine, either in medicine or religion, is promulgated, no difference how absurd it may be in the estimation of persons of common sense, there will soon be many believers or followers to embrace it.

By way of illustration we will allude to a few instances of this fallacious credulity, first as it relates to medicine. We see every day in the secular newspapers advertisements of wonderful curative remedies which have relieved patients after the treatment of the best doctors has failed to cure, and such published statements are calculated to excite the minds of the credulous to believe the statements, and if unwell, to try the

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