The Great American Fraud: A Series of Articles on the Patent Medicine Evil, Reprinted from Collier’s Weekly

by Samuel Hopkins Adams


This work is a collection of articles that originally were featured in Collier’s Weekly. Samuel Hopkins Adams was a reporter born on January 26, 1871 in Dunkirk, New York. He was an investigative reporter, first working with the New York Sun. He later joined McClure’s Magazine, which was famous for their muckraking works by esteemed reporters like Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens.

The collection of these articles had a significant impact on society, as it helped lead to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. Adams was horrified by the false claims that a lot of medicines were making at the time. His research and writing resonating with a lot of Americans, leading to public outcry and action.

Adams was a prolific writer. In addition to investigative journalism, he also wrote biographies, historical works, and fiction, including titillating novels under the pseudonym Warner Fabian, typically featuring stories of young women during the Jazz Age. Many of his writings went on to become adapted for film, including Wandering Fires, Men in Her Life, and The Gorgeous Hussy.

This new edition is dedicated to Alon Ben-Meir, able scholar and courageous voice of reason.