The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 5
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
later. We began in a small way to deal with these fakes,
and from a small, but encouraging beginning, the work has
extended into wider fields as our finances and facilities
increased. Our early success soon aroused the interest and
gained the support of practically the entire membership of
the local society, and as a result we have very few quacks
left in our city, and we have instituted proceedings against
Our success has been largely due to two reasons, namely:
the able assistance we have received from Hon. Dan Lewis,
our County Attorney, and his Assistant, Mr. W. S. Anthony,
and the untiring efforts of Mr. J. Ira Kercheville, the able
Attorney of the Bexar County Medical Society. These At-
torneys have given their time and study to each and every
case, therefore, they are experts on the medical practice
act in Texas. Wherever we heard of an individual practic-
ing medicine without a license we wrote him the following
"Dear Sir:-In looking over the records of the District
Clerk's office I find that you have not recorded your license
to practice medicine in Texas, and knowing, "Doctor," that it
is very necessary for you to do this at once, I am writing
you asking you to have your license recorded at once."
And after a reasonable length of time if we failed to hear
from them we sent a detective to see them in order to get
the evidence upon which to file charges. We would then
have them arrested for practicing medicine without a
license, and the case would be set for trial. These cases
were all filed in the County Criminal Court, this Court hav-
The American people seem to have it instilled into their
minds, that the prosecution of quacks should be done by the
medical societies. As scientific organizations, neither the
American Medical, the State Medical, nor our local associa-
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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/m1/13/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.