The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 29
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
Our investigator asked to see Dr. Stotts and the booster
in the reception room told him Dr. Stotts was very busy
and he would have to make an appointment. He made an
appointment for the next day at 2 p. m. At the time ap-
pointed our man was there, the doctor came in a few min-
utes, and the booster ushered our man in to see the doc-
tor. "Well, sir, what can I do for you ?" was his greeting.
"Take a chair, sit down, don't be excited." He was a rather
slightly built man, but the thing that held our man's atten-
tion was his sunbeam hair.
He wore much hair on the top of his head, down the side
of his face, on his upper lip, and on his chin. Our inform-
ant recognized in him the Van-Dyke whose pictures appear
in the advertisement. Our informant said, "Doctor, I saw
in your ad's where you said you could cure kidney diseases.
I think I have a kidney disease." "Why do you think so?"
asked the doctor." "Well I have headache and get dizzy."
He laughed and remarked that I was good at making a
diagnosis, and said in a grave manner, that those symptoms
were those of brights disease in a very bad form, and asked
our man for a specimen of his urine. Our man was furnish-
ed with a specimen of water colored with Tr. Iron with a
little table salt. When he went into the lavatory to urinate
for the doctor, he emptied the contents of the bottle into the
vessel the doctor had given him to urinate in. He returned
and gave the specimen to the doctor, who told him to report
to him at 4 p. m. On going back the doctor told him that the
trouble was as he expected. He had a bad form of brights
disease, and his system was full of urates, and he was on
the verge of a nervous breakdown. His manner in the
meantime was very grave. He asked him about his parents,
and if they had brights disease. He told him they were both
living and healthy as far as he knew, that is, they were some
few days before.
The doctor then began to talk to him in medical terms
and impress him with the seriousness of the disease. He
asked the doctor what he thought he could do for him. The
doctor told him that he thought he could cure him if he
would be very careful about his diet and exercise, and would
charge him seventy-five dollars for the treatment, and
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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/m1/39/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.