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October 15, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(16):1355-1356. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740680051016

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Station XER, just across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, is the mouthpiece of John R. Brinkley, goat gland transplanter, mail-order dispenser of medicines and candidate for Governor of Kansas. The station has apparently been authorized by the Mexican government to increase its power from 75,000 to 500,000 watts, which will make it ten times more powerful than any station in the United States. There is no need to tell readers of the The Journal anything about the record of Brinkley in either medicine or politics, or as an announcer over the radio. The government of the United States stopped his broadcasting at Milford, Kan., and he built the station in Mexico to get around that prohibition. In a recent report in Collier's it was alleged that Vice President Curtis had gone personally with Brinkley to the state department to use his influence in preventing any interference by the

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