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Last week a Sporting Note appeared in this department relative to the alleged secret of Ty Cobb’s baseball success—“Nuxated Iron.”1 Those of our readers into whose hands some not-too-particular newspapers may happen to fall are, doubtless, familiar with at least some of the claims made for the latest “patent medicine” sky-rocket, “Nuxated Iron.” It was “Nuxated Iron” that “gave Ty Cobb such tremendous strength and vitality after he was so weakened and all run down.” Mr. Jess Willard says: “Take Nuxated Iron if you want plenty of ‘stay-there’ strength and endurance and health and muscles like mine.” Dr. Ferdinand King, according to the “Nuxated Iron” advertisements, prescribes this latest wonder. Dr. King, we are told, is a “well-known New York physician and author.” He should be well known from the picture that appeared in his double-column advertisements in which, in “forty-eight point” black type, he appealed to the masculine sinners of New York: “I Guarantee To Cure the Following Male Diseases.” Further continuing our scientific investigation of the literature, we learn from the Police Gazette and similar authorities that “Nuxated Iron” puts the “Most Astonishing Youthful Power Into the Veins of Men” and is in fact “A Wonderful Discovery which Promises to Mark a New Era in Medical Science.” For fear that some of The Journal readers may not take this bibliography with sufficient seriousness, we hasten to call attention to the full-page advertisements of “Nuxated Iron” that have been running in the New York Medical Record. Here we learn that the preparation “as a tissue builder and tonic is well worth the careful investigation of every physician who wants results.” To save our readers the trouble of further search: Up to the time of going to press, the New York Medical Record has had no editorial on this latest therapeutic marvel.
Current Comment. JAMA. 2016;316(17):1831. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17108
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