The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 24
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Mr. Dromgoole evidently answered this letter and re-
ceived the following reply:
"Dear Sir: I have your favor of the third which asking
for more informatin. My trietment is an atomizer of my
own invention, in this operates the air will be hilt at 100
to 120 fahrenheit and then compound with chemicals harm-
less to anybody, which is to inhale all the day, and the more
sonshine so much the better vor it. It is a cikrit not yet
patented, therefore, I can give it out of my hand either in
selling it or else what the like. I have curet myself in
twelve days, now I have three patients in treatment free of
charge to secure their testimonials. I have put in a gut
deal of money for that purpose to help the unfortune suf-
ferers, now I am broke of money, and kan not go ferther in
without help. I will make you a proposal, if you will kom for
my expenses I will com to you and triet you rit ther even
you are in bad condition, but I haf to examin you first, if
you don't belief in me or my trietment it wont help you,
it wilt do more harm than goot. I am sure that I get you
well if you trust in me. Beg to say that you have to keep
it very cikrit that I don't come into trouble with the law or
the dokters, because it is not alout for me to cure anybody
without a license.
The dokters don't want such an cure it will ruin ther
business. Have faith in me and you will soon be well.
Don't delay it any day, and be in a hurry some days differ
on the success of my treatment. Please let me kno im-
mededly what you intent to do. Respt. yours,
This old ignorant huckster really believes that he has dis-
covered some wonderful cure, therefore, we class him as an
old deluded ignoramus. Yet he proposes violating the law
in order to get this cure on the market. His wonderful
"cure" consists of a five-gallon ordinary oil can; at the side
is cut out a place large enough to admit an ordinary coal
oil lamp, a glass bottle is suspended from the mouth of the
can by wiring it around the neck and through the side of
the opening of the can. The bottom of the bottle has been
knocked out and to the bottle is suspended a common coffee
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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/m1/34/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.