Electro-Chemical Ring. Cures Diseases Caused by Acid in the Blood See the Guarantee . . . [wrapper title].
Toledo, O. Electro-Chemical Ring Co., . First edition thus. Unbound brochure, 6 x 3.5 inches,  pages. Illus. Somewhat browned and a little stained and worn; in good, sound condition. Item #18194
An attractive little quack promotional pamphlet for a ring purported to draw acid from the blood, here made up entirely of testimonial letters dated 1911 attesting to the efficacy of the ring in curing cancer. The Journal of the AMA (April 10, 1915) reported with a certain satisfaction that the operation had finally been shut down, noting, “Is it possible to devise a scheme so silly, a fake so flagrant, a swindle so self-evident that the public will have none of it? The history of the ‘Electro-Chemical Ring’ seems to answer this question in the negative. Of all utterly futile pieces of charlatanry it is doubtful if any ever surpassed the Electro-Chemical King fraud.” This promotional piece includes sections in German and (as might be expected for a Toledo company) in Polish, and the fine cut on the front wrapper shows a gentleman in a top hat who accompanies a small girl who indicates a banner upon which is emblazoned an electro-chemical ring, while amid the bucolic splendor of the scene tennis players sport in the background. This pamphlet with copyright dates dating back to 1894, the latest being 1909.