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Hence the "capsules" and the "cerate" and the "liquid" and
the "royal" and the rest of the wonderful remedies which,
collectively, leave little uncured or incurable by Viavi.
WHAT IS VIAVI ?
We may safely assume that the viavi "treatment" is free
from opium, morphine, etc., and that the promoters do not
encourage the practice, the prevention, or aborting concep-
tion. Such being the case, the question very naturally pre-
sents itself: what is the viavi treatment? What does it do
and what do the promoters say for it? How do they pre-
sent their claims? "The original treatment" was directed
wholly to the afflictions of women, if we are not mistaken,
and consisted of good advice, cleanliness, the douche and
a capsule, which was to be placed in the vagina, preferably
high up and touching the cervix. Later, a cerate was made,
the arugment being that the vagina could not absorb enough
of the wonderful curative remedies contained in the capsule,
so they were incorporated in the cerate, which was to be
rubbed energetically into the back and belly.
Still later, a liquid, also possessing the marvelous prop-
erties of the capsule and the cerate, was put out. At the
present time there seem to be, in addition to the three forms
mentioned, Viavi "Royal," Viavi "Suppositories," Viavi
"Tablets," Viavi "Eye treatment," Viavi "Ear treatment,"
Viavi "Tonic," and Viavi "Laxative." As to what it is, the
manufacturers speak of their preparations as though "the
great Viavi" were an entity, a special and particular sub-
stance created for the purpose of being incorporated into
all of their various mixtures, of which it becomes the es-
sential and universally curative base. On the other hand
we sent a specimen of all these preparations obtained from
the Viavi agent in San Antonio, to Dr. J. S. Abbott, State
Pure Food and Drug Commissioner, at Austin.
His report from his analysis was, that the capsule, and
the cerate, were one and the same thing, and contained
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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/m1/80/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.