The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 17
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
Gentlemen :-Your letter received, and in reply will say
that you are mistaken about me practicing medicine, I am
only manufacturing an article of merchandise, which I am
selling to the people to 'cure' them. I have the highest re-
gards for the medical profession, and have no intention of
violating the law. I hereby extend to you and the profession
an invitation to visit my place of business and make an
investigation. I am with respect, G. W. White."
We wrote him the following letter: "French Laboratory,
G. W. White, Prop., Dear Sir: Beg leave to refer you to
Section 13 of the medical practice act of Texas." We heard
no more from him for several months. On September 25th,
I wrote him a letter representing myself as a young lady,
residing in Wichita, Kansas, whom the doctors had advised
to go south for my health, that I had a cough, and expec-
torated a great deal in the early morning. And asked him
if he could tell me after examination if it was tuberculosis?
I stated that I had seen his advertisements in the papers,
and wished to consult him. He wrote me that he could tell
me when he saw me whether or not I had the disease, and
to come to San Antonio at once or it might be too late. In
answer I wrote him the following letter: "The French
Laboratory, G. W. White, Prop., Dear Sir: I will leave here
on the 4th of October, and will arrive in San Antonio on the
6th, will call to see you on the 7th. (Signed) Miss Lavina
On the 7th Miss Spangler went to his office, I sent with
her a young man who told White he was her cousin. White
took her in his office, put her on an operating table, made
a thorough examination and told her she had five cavities
in her lungs. And that she was in a very bad condition, but
by taking his treatment she would soon be sound and well.
In six weeks she would weigh 150 pounds, and that the
treatment would cost her seventy-five dollars. She told
him she only had five dollars with her, she would pay that
to him, and would bring the balance the next day. He gave
her a prescription to have filled, and asked the young man
to go to a certain drug store and get it filled, while he gave
her the treatment. This prescription called for an emulsion
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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/m1/27/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.