[Houston: n. p., ca. 1906-1910?]. First edition. Self-wrappered wire stitched pamphlet, 5.75 x 3.5 inches, 8 pages on green stock. A few spots and some slight sunning; in fine condition. Item #18178
Promotional pamphlet for a drug addiction sanitarium in Houston, here at 1316 Boulevard, Houston Heights (in the charge of Dr. Edward Purdy; downtown office at 614-1/2 Fannin Street), specifically aimed at opiate addiction. Purdy also devotes a paragraph to “Cannabis Indica, Indian Hemp, Hashish”—noting “Cannabis Indica, as we have it in this country, is positively not a habit-forming drug. I challenge any one to show to the contrary. However, it has very definite therapeutic qualities—it being the most powerful mental stimulant at our command—but a habit-former—NEVER!” Purdy’s sanitarium is noted at this address in Houston newspapers between ca. 1906 and 1910; later instances have the sanitarium at 1516 Ovid. Purdy came under scrutiny by the U.S.D.A. for their mail-order home cure for drug addiction. Not found on OCLC.