The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 23
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
LETTERS FROM SCHMIDT.
"Joseph Schmidt, Professor of Chemicals,
Mesquite Street, San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. B. F. Dromgoole:
Replying to your favor asking for information regard-
ing my cure for consumption, beg to advise you that I use
no medicine whatever, the treatment consists solely of the
inhalations of compound air, of my own invention. It will
cure all forms of lung trouble within from fourteen days
to three weeks.
As to the cost and terms for the treatment, beg to say
that my charges depend upon the condition of the patient.
If after five days treatment the patient responds to the
remedy and shows improvement, then the price for my
services can be agreed upon between us. No money neces-
sary until the patient is cured. To secure satisfactory re-
sults through my treatment it is necessary for patients to
call at my sanitarium so that I can give them my personal
care and attention. Hoping to be able to have an oppor-
tunity to treat you. I am respt. yours,
The above letter was typewritten and evidently written
by some stenographer, and was written on his letter head,
evidently not written by this old, ignorant Dutchman, as
the following letters will show the difference in the spelling:
Dear Sir: I will make a proposition to you the money
you will pay me for my services shall serf as an investment
in my business. Would beg to state to you that the price
what you are willing or able to pay for saving your life.
Ther was not nor ever was not anybody who curt that sick-
ness, but I; every patient diet either under the hand of the
dokters or soon after. You may take a tryel for at least
seven days, and iff you do not find a great relief you may
call me a humbucker or like, and you are at liberty to go
without charging one cent to me. I know after a success-
ful trietment you would like to go in partnership with me.
I am truly yours, Joseph Schmidt."
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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/m1/33/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.