The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 20
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He has a pit, or large hole, in his yard, a flue conducts the
smoke through a tunnel in the ground to an oblong box in
his office. He burns ordinary oak wood in this pit, and the
smoke is conducted to the box, and to this magic box he
leads his gullible patients for their daily breath of life--
giving smoke, and takes in return their daily bread from
their mouths as his modest part in the dirty transaction.
We sent Miss Spangler out to see him sometime in Octo-
ber, 1913. He examined her and told her she had a case of
asthma, and he would cure her by having her take the in-
halations of this wonderful oakwood smokine. She paid him
five dollars on the treatment for which he gave a receipt.
Fifty dollars was the price of his treatment. His oakwood
smokine was guaranteed to cure, but notice, he always got
the money in advance. We had him arrested for practising
medicine without a license. His case was tried and he was
convicted, his punishment being two hundred dollars fine,
and thirty days in the county jail.
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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/m1/30/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.