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To the Editor:
—Some while back, a year or so, The Journal commented on the claims of one Wilshire, who was offering a magic belt for sale on the Pacific Coast, and who had headquarters in San Francisco. Your comment was to the effect that the belt for healing purposes was of no value.A postmortem is now in order. For the information of the uninitiated, a premortem might be advisable. This man Wilshire, a former real estate promoter of Los Angeles, is now deceased, but during his last year or so of life he surely made the welkin ring in the entire coast section. He had a "Magnetic Belt" which cost $3 to manufacture and which he sold for $57— and which would cure all diseases. Offices were opened in dozens of cities and towns in the coast region—one in my town of Palo Alto, Calif. Many prominent people
Silliman JC. VALE I-ON-A-CO?. JAMA. 1929;92(2):167. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700280071034