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Springfield, Ohio, Dec. 10, 1906.
To the Editor:
—Our city was recently afflicted by an unusually blatant pair of fakirs, and the way in which we got rid of them may be of interest. They advertised under the name of "Dr. Otto Urban," or "Prof. Joseph Otto Urban and his staff of magnetic healers." They carried full-page advertisements in our local papers, gave public exhibitions in the city hall and opened offices in a hotel. The first day they had between 30 and 40 patients.Our medical society has a committee to look after illegal practitioners, and it was soon learned that "Dr." Urban was not licensed by the state board. A warrant for his arrest was secured and the fact demonstrated that Urban was a myth. R. E. Brake was the man brought into court, and he was regularly licensed. A warrant was then secured for the arrest of
Patton WB. Traveling Fakirs: A Remedy.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(26):2171. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520260041013