The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 31
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
ADOLPH MUELLER CASE OF SWINDLE.
Wherein Stotts & Company worked their goat lymph
treatment. This ignorant German boy consulted Dr. R. A.
Goeth, thinking he had something wrong with him. He had
been told that he had a blood disease. Dr. Goeth made a
Wasserman, which proved negative, and after making a
thorough examination found nothing wrong with the young
man except he had a very slight varicocele. The doctor told
the young man that there was nothing wrong with him.
This did not satisfy the young man, and he went to Dr. B.
F. Stout. The doctor made a Wasserman and it proved nega-
tive, and he so informed Mr. Mueller. This did not satisfy
him and he went to see the great Stotts & Company. They
told him he had blood disease, varicocele, and was in a very
bad condition, and if he was not treated by them he would
lose his manhood. So Adolph consented to take their treat-
ment, as he was looking for some one to take his money. In
fact he was like a great many other American citizens; he
was seeking to be humbugged. He entered into a contract
with these vampires, to cure him for one hundred and twen-
ty-five dollars, but they so worded the contract that the vic-
tim had to pay for all medicine used in the treatment. They
told the young man that they had discovered that his blood
was in a very bad condition, and would require some very
expensive medicine which they would have to order from
Chicago. It would cost him $28.50 per ounce, and it would
take sixteen ounces of the medicine. The young man pro-
tested, saying, "Get two or three ounces and try it first."
They refused, saying that they would have to get that
amount. The company would not sell any less, and they
were sure it would require that amount to effect a cure. So
Mueller dug up the $456 to pay for the medicine, the real
cost of the great medicine according to quotations of the
company putting it out is $2.75 per ounce, and one ounce is
fifty-five days treatment given once a day, and according
to Stotts evidence they only gave Mueller a treatment every
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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/m1/43/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.