The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 59
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
is a profitable one, judging from appearances. The busi-
ness of most all these fake concerns is conducted through
the mails, advertisements are inserted in the newspapers
soliciting persons afflicted with certain diseases, peculiar
to women to communicate by mail with them, and promising
that if such person will communicate with the said con-
cern a free treatment of the preparation advertised will be
furnished them. The preparation so offered and adver-
tised for sale is made up in the form of suppositories to
be used locally, and denominated "Home Treatment."
Regarding the medicinal value of these fake remedies, the
patient might as well use a suppository made of preheated
air and Aqua Riograndus. One of the great quack concerns
advertises in the newspapers as follows: "Dr.
gives a fortune to help women who suffer. She will
spend fifty thousand dollars giving away medical treat-
ment, absolutely free, to suffering women." How would
you like to receive so much mail that it would be necessary
to use a grindstone to open the letters as fast as they come
in? This is the way Mrs. Dr. _ opens her mail. She
gets tons of mail, and to save time has the letters opened
by a large grindstone which occupies a conspicious place
in her office, no other person in all this State receives so
much mail. Mrs. Dr ...........__________'s aid and advice is as free to
you as God's sunshine or the air you breathe. She is always
glad to lend her assistance to every suffering woman,
(provided plus) and she is a generous, good woman, who
has suffered herself as you suffer, and she wants to prove to
you that her common sense home treatment will cure you,
just as surely as it cured her years ago in her humble cot-
tage, before riches and fame came to her. "If you are a
sufferer from any female trouble, no matter what it is, send
the coupon below to Mrs. Dr ...........________ at once. I am a woman
with all a woman's hopes and fears. I have known what it
is to be sick in body and mind. Sick in a way that I couldn't
bring myself to explain to a man, even though he were my
family physician, and I am thankful beyond the power of
words to express that I have been given the power to ex-
tend to you, my sisters, the priceless boon of relief from
the burden of pain and suffering. I only pray that these
lines may be the means of saving some woman from years
of such agony as only a woman can know."
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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/m1/73/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.