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August 25, 1906

Wants to Arrest "Patent Medicine" Man.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(8):607. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520080059019

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Albion, Mich., Aug. 20, 1906.

To the Editor:  —I want information of one W. Thompson, "the oil man." He was arrested here for practicing medicine without a license, gave bail for appearance at hearing, and did not appear. He has since been in Ypsilanti, Mich., and Findlay, Ohio, and was last heard from in Windsor, Ont. He travels with four comedians, sells from a wagon, and is a very smooth talker, of dark complexion, straight black hair, rather below medium height, about 40 years of age. He sells a soap, a blood medicine, and "Egyptian Oilio" (which is said to be colored gasoline), claims to represent a quarter-million dollar company, and has five diplomas. The sheriff is prepared to get him anywhere in the United States. If some physician who believes in protecting the public from swindling impostors will wire me on his appearance in any town we will be

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