The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 40
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"The Great King-Hughes Combination."
Of all the cold blooded, heartless, low down fakers that
ever disgraced the great State of Texas, the Hughes-King
gang of medical cut throats and thieves is easily in the lead.
King is a man about 55 years old, a shyster lawyer who by
some means obtained a license to practice medicine in Texas.
Hughes is his nephew, a man about 35 years old, who is
simply a big, ignorant, uneducated brute who would not
know a medical college from a livery barn, who also, by
some kind of fraud secured a medical license. Their method
of operating was this: they would open an office in a city
and hire some renagade doctor or some old broken down
doctor who would sell them his name for a consideration of
seventy-five or a hundred dollars a month. They would
then advertise him as the greatest "specialist" of the age.
They would then hire another man whom they would call
the case getter. Sometimes he would be a physician, frequ-
ently not even a doctor, but the one thing he must do, (get
the money). This man is paid a salary, usually from thirty
to fifty dollars per week, and a commission on all business
he brings into the office. The salary of these cut throats
frequently runs up to $100 per week, owing to the crop of
suckers. When one city got too hot for them they were
transferred to some other place. King at one time had of-
fices in all the principal cities in the United States, including
New York City. He brought the refeeing system to its
greatest perfection, as before when a city got too hot for a
man he was transferred to another office, and when the
new man came in he immediately discovered all kinds of
new diseases, and which called for new and expensive treat-
ment. And the poor dupes were fleeced again. We were
able to secure federal indictments against them at Ft. Worth,
and King has fled the country. A word about Hughes:
When this big thug was a youth about 17 or 18 years old
he travelled over the north Texas country with a Jew ped-
dler, selling rugs. The old Jew was supposed to have had
considerable money. One summer day he was found float-
ing in a creek with a rock tied to his body with a piece of
baling wire. Hughes was arrested and confessed to the
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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/m1/52/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.