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Goat Gland Doctor (1986)
Bill Childs
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    Brinkley and his wife, Minnie, move to Milford, Kansas, in 1917
    The doctor pioneers a new transplant operation 
    Brinkley starts his own radio station, KFKB
    The doctor expands his business by prescribing and selling proprietary treatments
    Questions surrounding the legitimacy of Brinkley's medical practices arise
    Brinkley recounts stories from his youth
    Brinkley did not earn a medical degree, so much as purchase one from a diploma mill known as the Kansas City Eclectic Medical University. His questionable medical credentials led several states to strip him of his license to practice medicine. The State of California attempted to prosecute Brinkley for receiving a fake medical degree, but the governor of Kansas refused to extradite him. 
    Three days after losing his medical license, Brinkley kicks off his write-in campaign for governor. As governor, Brinkley could appoint his own members to the state's medical board and thereby restore his license to practice medicine there. 
    Brinkley runs again in 1932
    Brinkley relocates to Del Rio and starts construction on a new radio station, XER-AM, just across the border in Villa Acuña, Coahulia, Mexico (now known as Ciudad Acuña). By locating the station in Mexico, Brinkley's broadcast was not subject to American wattage regulations. XER-AM eventually transmitted at one million watts, 20 times the allowed maximum for American-based stations. The signal was so strong that local residents could reportedly hear the station through their metal fences and in their dental appliances. 
    In Texas, Brinkley's practice shifts from goat-gland transplants to prostate "rejuvenation" surgeries, for which he charged up to $1,000 per operation 
    Family business
    Lifestyles of the rich and famous
    Returning to Del Rio
    The 16-acre Brinkley estate, known as Palm Drive in Hudson Gardens
    Brinkley relocates the hospital again, this time to Little Rock, Arkansas
    In 1938, Morris Fishbein, doctor and editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, repudiates Brinkley in a two-part series called "Modern Medical Charlatans." Brinkley sued Fishbein for libel, spelling his ultimate downfall. 
    Brinkley takes to the airwaves to preach anti-communism and isolationism
    The jig is up
    Brinkley dies penniless in San Antonio