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Dulcinea_Lady
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On a ghost tour of popular hotel in Eureka Springs AR, we were told about the days when the hotel was purchased in the late 1930's by Dr. Baker and turned into his Cancer Cure Hospital.
Some of the things he is known for was not informing families that their loved one had died in order to keep recieving money for treatment from them; destroying corpses in the incinerator; as well as performing live autopsies. All of this is known by word-of-mouth due to the citizens of this town destroying all paper work concerning his hospital. Is any of this true?
Thanks for any information you can find.

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Astra
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Live autopsies? And to think I was about to eat lunch too. Eek.

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Kathy B
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Interesting guy. He made a fortune by inventing a calliope and was more or less run out of Iowa for practicing medicine without a license. Here's one overview of him & his ghost: THE CRESCENT HOTEL

I found this one on epinions, of all places

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It is reported that all new patients had to undergo an extensive screening process before they were admitted to the hospital. This is so Baker could admit only patients he believed he had a chance of curing. Patients were also asked to write three letters to family members, reporting of the success of the treatment, before they were allowed into the hospital. It is suspected that when the patient passed away, Baker would have these letters sent out to family members, who were unaware of the death until Baker informed them later that their loved one had passed away due to an accident.


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Etienne
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quote:
Originally posted by Dulcinea_Lady:
[QB]as well as performing live autopsies[QB]

Wich remind me of a question on a trivia show - How much anesthesics do you need for an autopsy?

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die daagliks phosdex
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"Medical freak"?

Try "quack," for the sake of accuracy.

In fact, Baker got his start in cancer quackery in Muscatine, Iowa in the late 1920's, using the agency of his high-powered radio station KTNT ("Know The Nakie Tooth," as per Tommy Pickles) to promote the Baker Sanitarium (actually operated from two Muscatine locations), along with the Tangey Association.

In 1931, the then-Federal Radio Commission forced KTNT off the air for excessive self-promotion and general lack of candor. Whereupon Baker moved his show to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and reestablished his radio station under the call XENT (not to mention a cancer-cure clinic notorious for proclaiming on his brochures "phone 666 upon arrival in Laredo," prompting a number of complaints to the American Medical Association against Baker as invoked Rev. 13:18, where 666 is given as the Antichrist's symbol, for medical quackery).

XENT would itself be forced off the air in 1940 by Mexican authorities.

(Incidentally, it was Baker that was indirectly responsible for Harry Hoxey's entry into the cancer-quackery game.)

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Dulcinea_Lady
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quote:

I found this one einions, of al places [/QB]

You found that info about Baker, where?


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Kathy B
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Originally posted by Dulcinea_Lady:
You found that info about Baker, where?

I edited it

I found this one on epinions, of all places


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