The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 4
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I remarked that I did if he had reference to our conversa-
tion regarding quacks. He informed me that I was going
to have to make that talk good, that he was going to appoint
me chairman of the legislative committee. I tried to talk
out of the position, but to no avail. I attended the Society
that night and heard him read his appointments naming
me chairman of this committee.
Next day in looking over the situation, and scanning the
daily papers published in our city, it seemed amazing how
our city was infested with fakes of every description, from
the big G. U. "Specialist" down to the Hindu fortune teller
with magnetic healing as a side line. Also the old Negro
Hoodo doctor. The personal columns of the daily papers
were filled with all kinds of fake concerns lauding this and
that remedy for suppressed menstruation, and something
to cure every disease known to medical science, even Carr's
"Sun Cure" guaranteed to cure when all other remedies had
failed. "Dr." Carr, in his statement before the jury, said
that he found out how wonderful his treatment was by try-
ing it on a sore on his dog's back.
Column-long paragraphs displayed the photographs and
lauded the qualifications and extraordinary cures of this or
that medical reprobate posing as a "Specialist."
I immediately procured from the records of the District
Clerk's office the name of every physician of all Schools of
Medicine, who was legally qualified to practice medicine in
Bexar County. I had these names printed in pamphlet
form, and mailed one to each member of the Society with
a letter asking him to keep this list of names in his pocket,
to keep a lookout on his rounds for all irregular physicians,
and to report all names of unregistered practitioners to the
chairman of this committee. Very soon names and ad-
dresses of unregistered quacks began coming in, and we
took them up in detail and disposed of them as you will see
Here’s what’s next.
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Dixon, Chas. D. (Charles D.). The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor, book, 1914; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143569/m1/12/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.