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Miscellaneous publications concerning Dr. John R. Brinkley

Call Number: RH MS P653


Photocopies of miscellaneous publications produced by or published about Dr. John R. Brinkley, who established a medical practice at Milford, Kansas in 1917 and amassed a fortune by performing implantations of goat glands in male patients as a means of restoring male fertility and virility.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1939


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Biography of John Richard Brinkley

John Romulus Brinkley (later John Richard Brinkley) was born July 8, 1885 in Jackson County, North Carolina. He attended Chicago's Bennett Medical College, and the Eclectic Medical University at Kansas City, Kansas. After passing the Arkansas Eclectic Medical Board examination in 1915, he established a medical practice at Milford, Kansas, performing operations which Brinkley claimed would restore male virility and fertility through the implantation of goat glands. Through active advertising of his methods, Brinkley amassed a fortune, establishing the Brinkley Hospital and radio station KFKB at Milford.

In 1930, Brinkley's medical license was revoked by the Kansas State Medical Board, and in that same year the Federal Radio Commission did not renew his station’s broadcasting license. Brinkley's lawsuit against the commission became a landmark case in broadcast law. Brinkley ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Kansas in 1930, 1932, and 1934. In 1933, he moved his medical practice to Del Rio, Texas, where he campaigned for Kansas Governor via his "border blaster" radio station. Brinkley died on May 26, 1941 at San Antonio, Texas.


1 folder (6 items) : photocopies

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopies of miscellaneous publications about Dr. John R. Brinkley (known as the "goat gland doctor"). Included are two copies of a detailed chronology of Brinkley's life, published in Clement Wood's 1934 biography of Brinkley (The Life of a Man: A Biography of John R. Brinkley), a photocopied advertisement from Brinkley's campaign for Kansas Governor, and photocopies of several publications issued either by Brinkley's hospital or radio station. The latter include photographs of Brinkley, his hospital, radio station, residential estate, yacht, and airplane.

Physical Location

RH MS P653

Related Materials

U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Report, 1934, RH MS P383, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Guide to Dr. John R. Brinkley Collection
Miscellaneous publications concerning Dr. John R. Brinkley
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Miscellaneous publications concerning Dr. John R. Brinkley, Kansas Collection, RH MS P653, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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