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The recent Filler(1) entitled One hundred years ago: The war against quackery in Germany cites a BMJ article from 1903 that heralds the foundation of a Society that aims "to enlighten the public mind as to the harm done by quackery to the public health."
Where are such societies these days? Such 'enlightening' of the public mind may have prevented the death of Eliana Diskin(2), who was severely malnourished when she died at age five months after her parents fed her only on rice milk.
A hundred years on, quackery is still very much alive and well.