The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 60
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" I doubt if you can realize the meaning of these two little
words. I, who come into contract with the painful wrecks
of womanhood, wrought by female complaints, know, as
I hope you will never know, what shattered lives and broken
hearts they cause. Only a sensitive woman can realize
how hard it is to bring ones self to undergo the ordeal of
examination and treatment of a physician."
Another great fake concern is a preparation put out by
the "Dr." J. H. Dyes Medical Institute. This is one of the
dirty concerns that makes capital out of the fears of the
expectant mother. After drawing lurid pictures of the
"untold pains" to which the young mother may be a martyr,
relief is promised if the sufferer will only use their wonder-
ful remedy. The value of this "great medicine" is testified
to by a hypothetical Mrs. Jones, who relates how after los-
ing her first child she had a vision.
A "white robed angel" appeared, who delivered a flowery
speach, concluding with the following peroration: "Go,
sister, and seek freedom and peace in the use of Methella
Compound and in following the teachings of that book."
The book referred to by the "white robed angel" is a brocure
put out by this dirty, nasty fraudulent medicine company,
and sold for the price of two dollars. The title is "painless
childbirth," and needless to say, the author does not neglect
to extol the use of this fake dope.
This wonderful discovery "speedily" cures all derange-
ments and irregularities of the menstral function, conges-
tion, inflammation, ulceration, and displacement of the
womb, and other things too numerous to mention. "This
heart ease for weary women," we are told, is composed of
the purest and most carefully selected herbs which can pos-
sibly be obtained. But after a period of one of our west
Texas drouths, if one went to the chaparral and raked up
a handful of dried leaves, pieces of bark, cow chips and
other debris that happened to be handy, the average man
would find it difficult to distinguish between such rakings
and this fake medicine at one dollar a package. So this
fake compound "cure all" is, in short, but one more of 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/m1/74/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.