The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor Page: 69
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Chas. D. Dixon, M. D.
VIAVI FOR MEN.
Nor is it only suffering women who may find relief at
the hands of the promoters. They do not hesitate to hold
out encouragement to man when he contemplates the loss
of his proudest possession, his testicles. For a monetary
consideration, not stated, the promoters will give the won-
derful Viavi treatment to men afflicted with atrophy of
the testicles, and hold out the encouraging intimation of a
probable cure. "We recall particularly the case of a man
suffering with wasting of the testicles, who secured perfect
recovery from the Viavi cerate applied to the scrotum."
Note the keenness of the wording, "The man secured per-
fect recovery from the cerate," not from the wasting testi-
cles. Indeed, the keenness of the verbage is one of the most
remarkable things about the Viavi "literature," we are told
with the greatest air of frankness, that appendicitis, pa-
ralysis, asthma, palsy, and many more afflictions proceed
from a depletion of the nervous system, from nervous de-
bility. While we are no where told that all of these things
can be cured by Viavi, we are told that nervous debility
may be prevented or cured by it, and the natural implica-
tion, so subtly conveyed by the clever promoters, might
well produce the result that the poor incurable is parted
from his coin; or the person with appendicitis is deluded
into giving up, perchance, his life. Now to you, who reads
the foregoing, what do you think of this damnable "litera-
ture" with its suggestions, with its insistence on the im-
portance of the female form, with its intimations that the
use of Viavi remedies will increase sexual pleasure, with
its hints that wasting testicles can be benefited, and tumors
of all kinds cured; with its insinuations, nay, statements,
that childbirth can be controlled; that a woman can, through
Viavi, become so "healthy" that she may "limit" the number
of her offspring with their claims of benefitting suffering
humanity and advising women never to have a tumor re-
moved by the knife until, alas it may be too late for the
beneficient surgeon, and the victim of the false advice is
claimed by death? I will leave you to judge.
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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/m1/85/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.