The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 51
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
carried on through a series of ingenously devised-form let-
ters, worded to suit every case and turned out by the thou-
sands, by a corps of typewriters.
The average advertising eye specialist concern would work
just as well if the "doctor" himself spent his time fishing
for finned suckers and left his trained stenographers to at-
tend to the human variety.
Blindness and deafness are fattening afflictions for the
medical-guerrillas. With a little reading, a few borrowed
scientific phrases and illustrations wherewith to garnish
his booklet and an apt catchword for his advertising, your
eye or ear specialist, or eye and ear specialist for very often
they combine the two, is ready for business. To get his
patients he appeals to deep rooted and universal instinct, the
piteous shrinking of the flesh and spirit from cold steel, so
often the cruel necessity and the merciful hope of the af-
"Don't undergo an operation, come to me, spare yourself
the torture of the knife," loudly invites the quack. What
matters it to him that the time wasted in his futile process-
es may mean sight or hearing wasted, and beyond chance of
recovery. He gets his pay; that's his whole concern, for
this he will promise to cure you, not only without operation,
but without even seeing you. Can the mind conceive any-
thing more preposperous ? Here two instruments of nerve
muscle, infinitely delicte, inscrutably efficient and accurate.
The eye is a marvel of mathematical adjustments in ang-
les and curves of vision. Our precious quack proposes to
solve the problem of its distorted equations without the
slightest study of the figures. Could he work out a geomet-
rical thesis without a diagram? Could he survey a field by
mail? The problems of hearing are almost as intricate and
far more obscure than those of seeing. The self styled "Em-
minent Oculist and Aurist" will remedy the most difficult
defects without a personal examination. Would he essay to
repair a defective pig pen by "home treatment."
The proposition is a far more reasonable one. Yet the
eternally hopeful and eternally credulous fill the mails with
trusting appeals and dollars addressed to the swindlers,
and thus lighten themselves for a swifter flight to darkness
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/65/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.