1847 The Lancet  
HAD we the arms and heads of BRIAREus, and to each a pen and tongue of power, they would find work enough in denouncing the evils of Quackery-the immorality and crime of the thing itself, and the mischiefs it heaps upon the profession. But being merely mortal, and having but a single pen to wield against this hydra, we are obliged to leave the part of BRIAREUS to our correspondents and the profession. And we are bound to say that this part is well borne by our medical brethren. We are not
more » ... to be "gravelled for lack of matter;" in fact, we are almost overwhelmed with the mass of descriptive details, criminalities, and ill consequences, of quackery, and the misdoings of quacks, which are forwarded to us. So numerous are the tempting points of attack, that oftentimes we are doubtful where to give our hostile preference. It may be useful if, on the present occasion, we present our readers with some slight sketch of the present state of the anti-quackery campaign, as tending to elicit from our friends and correspondents information and support in the right direction. We believe we may say we have almost destroyed the system of giving testimonials to quack and semi-quack medicines and nostrums, which had been incautiously or improperly
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