The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 25
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
can, and under this sits the lamp. He sits over the mouth
of the can an ordinary potted ham can with three legs of
pasteboard, pasted on the potted ham can, over the spout
of the can he has a mouth piece made of pasteboard, through
this his patients get the "great cikreet" life-giving compound
hot air, (mind you hot air). Cows may come and calves
may go, but the bull goes on forever.
Miss Spangler finally located this old ignoratomizer on
Austin Street. She went to the address given, knocked on
the door and was met by an old broad-faced German woman.
She asked Miss Spangler, "vat you want ?" Miss Spangler
said, "I want to see Prof. Schmitz about my sickness." The
old woman replied, "vell he is in hes office." She started
and Miss Spangler followed. She was led through a dark
hall way, out into a dirty back yard, up a flight of stairs,
through a narrow passage into a little room where she called,
"Smitz, here is woman wants to see you bout her disease."
Miss Spangler was invited into his sanctum sanctorium.
She told him she had consumption and wished to take his
treatment. He pricked up his ears at once, and began to
explain all about his wonderful treatment. She asked him
to prescribe for her, and he gave her the wonderful five
gallon oilcanicus treatment, with a bottle of his medicated
compound air. But in reality was Ichthyol and water. We
had him arrested for practicing medicine without a license.
He pleaded guilty, and was fined fifty dollars and one hour
in the county jail.
ARISPE CONSUMPTION CURE.
About February 1st, 1914, I was notified that there was
a Mexican on Austin Street treating consumption. I sent
Miss Spangler to get the information upon which we could
file charges against him. She found him in an old ram-
shackeled house. She followed up stairs to his laboratory,
where he manufactured his wonderful life giving concoc-
tion. We had him prescribe for her. He gave her two quart
bottles of this Mexicantuberculogetwell. We had him ar-
rested and after some delay he pleaded guilty and was fined
fifty dollars and one hour 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/m1/35/: accessed May 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.