By Cheryl Sullenger
In 1918, a man named John R. Brinkley opened a 16-room clinic in Milford, Kansas. There, in addition to treating influenza, Brinkley boasted of a treatment he developed to increase male virility.
Brinkley became famously wealthy by transplanting goat testicles into men in order to "improve" their sexual prowess and "treat" other male prostate problems.
Brinkley was later exposed as a charlatan, which led him into a failed run for Governor of Kansas, where, if successful, he planned to appoint his own medical board to set standards that would allow him to continue his quackery.
Thankfully, this case led to increased oversight and safety standards for the medical profession.
Now, an article that appeared last week in the Washington Post laments the opening of over 500 stem cell treatment clinics across the U.S., which are unregulated and supply treatments that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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