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Teletherapy, a New Kind of Quackery
Dr. Oberth Johann, a duly qualified medical man, caused a painful sensation not only in medical circles but also among the more intelligent lay public by whole page advertisements, which appeared in almost all the provincial daily papers. In his advertisements he offers to the public his newly invented therapeutic method teletherapy, the treating of the sick from any distance. He doesn't display the "secret" of his method but states that his success with it has surpassed his most audacious hopes and that with the "proper sitting in of the patient the undertaken treatment is a sure success," be the patient at ever so great a distance. He has simply to describe the symptoms of his ailments by filling a question blank, and the rest is done by teletherapy, provided the filled in blank is accompanied by 1.000 lei. "My patients heal as with
BUCHAREST. JAMA. 1927;89(8):634. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690080066025