The Saturday Evening Post History Minute: The Goat Gland Doctor to the Stars

“Are you a manly man full of vigor?” If not, a certain man with little medical knowledge but a genius for self-promotion could solve your problems with sex glands from goats.

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John Romulus Brinkley convinced thousands of people – including a few celebrities—that he could cure impotence, sterility, diabetes, emphysema, and schizophrenia with a simple operation involving sex glands from a goat.

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  1. Charlatans have always preyed on those most gullible and those very desparate for a miracle. Today, we have such a person in the WH!

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