Properties of John R. Brinkley


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Repository: Western Carolina University Hunter Library Special Collections
Creator: Ellis Clarke Soper, Consulting Engineer
Title: Properties of John R. Brinkley
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Hunter Library Special Collections.
Abstract: Report on the properties of Dr. John R. Brinkley of Sylva, North Carolina.
  Reports, letter of transmittal, dated May 1, 1937, index, photographs, and maps relating to the properties.
Extent: 1 item, bound typescript, includes thirty-five photographs and two maps.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

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Preferred Citation

Inventory of the Properties of John R. Brinkley, Special Collections, Western Carolina University Hunter Library, Cullowhee, NC, USA.

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Processing Information

Processed by George Frizzell, November, 2002
Encoded by Brian Sealy, April, 2006

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Biographical Note

Dr. John R. Brinkley, a maverick doctor and broadcaster, was born near Sylva, North Carolina in 1885. Generally regarded as a quack, Brinkley first practiced medicine in Kansas. He prescribed treatments over the air to radio listeners who mailed in their symptoms. Brinkley was also famous for his "goat gland" operation that purported to restore male sexual potency by implanting goat gonads in patients.

In 1930, Brinkley lost his medical and broadcasting licenses in Kansas, and he lost bids for the Kansas governorship in 1930 and 1932. In 1931, he moved his broadcasting operations to Mexico, across the border from Del Rio, Texas. Eventually he moved to Del Rio to carry on his medical practices and broadcast activities. He died in San Antonio, Texas in 1942.

Eric S. Juhnke. Quacks and crusaders: the fabulous careers of John Brinkley, Norman Baker, and Harry Hoxsey. Lawrence, Kans.: University Press of Kansas, 2002. [R730.J845 2002]

R. Alton Lee. The bizarre careers of John R. Brinkley. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 2002. [R730.L39 2002]

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Content and Scope

Bound, typescript report entitled "Properties of Dr. John R. Brinkley, Sylva, North Carolina," by Ellis Clarke Soper, Consulting Engineer, containing "Letter of Transmittal" (four pages, dated May 1, 1937), "Index" (three pages), "Report" (fifteen numbered pages plus title page), "Appendix" (three pages), thirty-five photographs, and two maps.

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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following subject headings in online catalogs.

Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Quacks and quackery
Sylva (N.C.)--History

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