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April 16, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(16):1314. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550420038007

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According to the Texas State Journal of Medicine "the greatest charlatan and quack that ever imposed on the credulity and gullibility of the Texas public" was put out of business in Judge Camp's court at San Antonio, March 4, when a jury brought in a verdict revoking the license of "Doctor" Lafayette Berry, the self-styled "Phenomenal." He had worked in many cities in Texas and had relieved many people of money by flagrant and fraudulent methods. He made a practice of touring the state with a company of performers and a brass band doing what he styled "bloodless surgery" on opera house stages and in public halls. Having been exonerated of fraudulent practices by minor courts several times, he became arrogant and bold in his denunciation of the medical profession. One of his strongholds was his apparent success with gall-stones. It is said that he used olive oil, followed by

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