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DEAFNESS CURE FAKES.
There are many fraudulent and worthless "cures" for
deafness on the market. Some are sold as "side lines" for
other medical fakes; some are "courses of treatment" sold
on the mail order plan; still others are trivial devices sold
at an exorbitant price. In all cases of ear disease it is clear-
ly a most dangerous thing to permit any tampering by
quacks, remedies or devices of which you do not know
thoroughly. The ear is so thinly divided from the brain,
that in all ear troubles only the best qualified advice should
be taken. The name of the deafness-cure quack is legion.
Some carry an alleged cure for deafness as a "side line" for
other medical fakes they may be exploiting; some sell on
the mail order plan a worthless "course of treatment," while
still others, and these probably are in the majority, dispose
of, at an exorbitant price, devices that are trivial, worth-
less, and often dangerous. There is the very world of dis-
tinction between the qualified specialist and the quack. In
one case you have a man whose special education and train-
ing will have required the sinking of a round sum in capital
plus many years of hard labor. On the other hand in the
quack we have in the majority of cases a man who does not
possess even a general education, and who very often does
not understand the elements of ordinary personal cleanli-
ness. He is a man moving in the dark, and thus making only
blind shots. He is a man of mysterious methods, and his
vogue to day is at once a significant token, and a disgrace
and a menace to the community.
One of the great deafness "cure" fakes is Actina. This
is a mechanical fake, made by the New York and London
Electric Association of Kansas City, Mo. This concern also
manufactures Magneto Conservative Garments (supposed
to cure anything from indigestion to locomotor ataxia) 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/m1/58/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.