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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
THE SPECIFIUS GRAVICUS CASE.
This case was a young woman who had a nervous break-
down, and in order to get well in a few days (according to
the advertisements of these reprobates) she consulted the
wonderful "specialists." They asked for a specimen of
urine which was furnished, and on examination they in-
formed the lady that her specific gravity was 1000. She
asked them what kind of a disease that was. They told her
it was specificus gravicus. This was a very bad kidney dis-
ease, and they would cure her for $75, and would have to
have it all in advance, as they would have to telegraph for
the medicine. She paid the $75, took one treatment, an
injection of alcohol and water, which produced such pain
that she refused to take another treatment. They refused
to return to her the $75, and on our advice she filed suit
against them and they paid the money back before the case
came to trial.
Stotts and Company Specialists on Epilepsy.
A Mr. ...... had epilepsy from childhood, and had been
told by all the leading physicians that he could not be cured.
But after reading the wonderful advertisements lauding
the wonderful ability of Stotts and Company to cure fits,
he thought he would try them. They told him they had a
wonderful treatment for fits which had been recently dis-
covered in Austria, and they were the only people in this
country that were in possession of the treatment and it was
because the discoverer was a personal friend of theirs. The
fish bit and they landed him for $200 worth. He gradually
grew worse under their wonderful treatment, and after a
few days discontinued the treatment, and asked for a return
of the money they had relieved him of. They refused to
comply with the request and upon our advice he filed suit
against them and obtained judgment against them for the
amount plus costs of court.
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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/m1/45/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.