"Crackdown on Quackery" - Life Magazine

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IV-"Crackdown on Quackery" - Life Magazine

"A Quack is Caught after Taking $500,000 from 35,000 Patients"

Friday, November 1, 1963

". . . Mrs. Jackie Metcalf was used as an undercover agent. She had Mrs. [Ruth] Drown diagnose her children, including her daugher Jeanne, by analyzing blood samples - from animals (p. 77). Then Mrs. Metcalf came back with Life photographer J. R. Eyerman as a patient and took the picture at right with a secret camera rigged in her purse. . . "

I-"Crackdown on Quackery" - Life Magazine

"The Doctor Who Was Convicted of Murder - The Parents and the Little Girl Who Died"


"Last week in Washington doctors and law enforcement officials from across the land met in the Second National Congress on Medical Quackery to plan a nationwide drive against a spreading evil -- an evil that costs the U.S. thousands of lives and as much as a billion dollars a year ... "

II-"Crackdown on Quackery" - Life Magazine

"They Grasped False Hopes to Save the Child's Eye"


"He told her, she testified at the [Marvin] Phillips trial, that cancer is a general condition of the body which can be cured only by chemical balancing. 'I can cure your child without surgery, absolutely.' . . . He cautioned them to say nothing because although he was a licensed chiropractor, he was not authorized to treat cancer."

III-"Crackdown on Quackery" - Life Magazine

"An Agent Works Undercover to Get the Goods"


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"The Adversaries Refuse to Give Up"


"Mrs. Ruth Drown, who had been previously arrested and fined $1,000 for quackery, remained unrepentant: 'The advertising will be wonderful for me. When I get back to my office, I'll have more patients than ever.'"

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"Experts Sound Off on Menace"


"A doctor is a quack when he claims to be able to cure obviously incurable diseases, and when he uses discredited or unestablished methods of treatment and makes great claims for them."