The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 9
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
Generally speaking, the only time that these ghouls are
interfered with is when the federal authorities take action
for some infraction of the postal laws. So long as the vil-
lainous scoundrel keeps within the somewhat broad require-
ments of these laws he is apparently immune from arrest,
unless he is some ignorant blatant animal of the biped
variety, whose maternal ancestor used her hind leg to ex-
tract the flea from her dirty hide, not pretending to be a
physician, but who had discovered some wonderful cure
for consumption. Then he would be arrested and prosecuted
for practicing medicine without a license from the State
Board of Medical Examiners. Speed the time when an
enlightened public opinion will either demand laws which
will make the existence of such frauds, legally impossible,.
or will demand that a construction be given to existing
laws so that the necessary protection may be offered the
sick and helpless.
Of "consumption cures" there seems no end. Nostrum
exploiters of all grades, from the variest street-corner faker
to the proprietory dispenser of "Ethical compounds" seem
to find in curing tuberculosis an unlimited field for their
talents. The methods by which these fakes are worked up
differ in no respect from that of many other similar means
of depriving the public, simultaneously, of both health and
The so-called ethical preparations are "advertised solely
to the physicians," that is, so long as medical men will aid
and abet the manufacturers in marketing the preparation.
By the time the medical profession has awakened to the
fact that once more it has been humbugged, the exploiter
has completed his plans to introduce his wonderful remedy
"used by all the leading physicians"; direct to the public.
As long as ethical physicians lend their aid and names to
these fake preparations, and quack institutions, they will
continue to separate the poor unfortunate individual from,
perhaps, the last dollar he has to buy bread, likely for a
loving wife and child. It is of course unnecessary to deny
that this or that or any other of the hundreds of "consump-
tion cures" on the market will cure the disease or is of any
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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/m1/17/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.