Medicine: Quackery Up to Date

The U.S. will spend $890 million in 1961 on medical research—and even as it does so, the U.S. public will spend $1 billion for quack remedies and gadgets and dietary health fads. By best estimates, $350 million will go for vitamin supplements, mostly self-prescribed and not needed, and $150 million for equally unnecessary laxatives. While the nation's medical centers spend $111 million seeking causes and cures for cancer, the public will shoot $50 million for quack cancer remedies. With arthritis and rheumatism the comparison is still worse: $6,500,000 for legitimate research, but $250...

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