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The war against quackery in Germany

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:365

A German Society for the Repression of Quackery has just been founded at Berlin. The first public meeting was held on March 8th, in the large Hall of the Rathhaus. Among the members of the Society are a large number of laymen as well as medical practitioners. The object of the Society is to enlighten the public mind as to the harm done by quackery to the public health, and as to the proper care of the sick. In furtherance of these objects, a regular propaganda is to be instituted. Public meetings will be held and addresses delivered; leaflets will be distributed and other means of educating the man in the street will be adopted. The Society also proposes to take part in the meetings of quacks, in order to confute their arguments and expose their misstatements. A weekly journal is to be founded, in which all the misdeeds of quacks will be published and brought to the notice of the police authorities. The Society will do its utmost to influence legislation for the repression of quackery and to ensure the enforcement of existing laws. The subscription has been fixed at 1 mark, in order to make the membership of the Society accessible to all who are interested in the promotion of its objects. (BMJ 1903;i:810)

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