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A Remarkable Man

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Day
3
Month
October
Year
1889
Copyright
Public Domain
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There is in our midst at the present time a man who is perhaps the most phenomenal and marvelous healer of the ills that flesh is heir to that this age hasyetseen. This distinguished physician and surgeon who has estabhshed hts headquarlers here is none other than Dr. S. B. Hartman, the fame of whose miracles of healing extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Wide and enviable as was his fame years ago, ït has now grown to such proportions that hia name has become ahousehold word ihroughout the land, and is everywhere synonymous with miraculous success in the cure of ills. In order to better learn the facts desired, and to see the man himself who has performed such wondere in mediine and surgery, a Journal reporter called at the Doctor's offices at Nos. 241 and 243 South Fourth utreet. The reporter found the Doctor m.and although he had but a few minutes to spare for an interview, and those few minutes had to be taken from the time that belonged to the patients who crowded his offices, so direct was his speech and so to the point that the time was sumcient for saying all that the modesty of the Doctor would permiton the subject of his life and his work. What additional facts were gleaned came from observation in the office and from talks with his associates, attendants and patieDts. One patiënt in particular is recalled. "Well,"he remarked, as he left the office, "Dr. Hartman in the Mott Wonderful Man I ever met. He told me instantly what was wrong with me, gave me directions and told me to go home and folio w them till I got well. He encouraged me so and really made me feel so much better that 1 would have given him a $100, yes, a $1,000, freely, if hehad asked it." This seetns to be the impression left upon every one who calis upon the Doctor. He inspires confidence from the first. His examination, diagnosis and treatment represent the experience of a hundred thousand people similarly afflicted. It is this confidence, inspired by the Doctor's immense expwience, ■coupled with the candor, the simplicity and the kindness of statements, that is, we believe, the great secret of that extxaordinary success that has ever attended his treatment and his observations. As to the main facts ot Dr. Hartman't Life, they can be briefly stated. Bom in Pennsylvania, he carne to Ohio when fifteen yeare of age. After taking a literary course at the " Farmer's College," near Cincinnati, he studied medicine ander the distinguished Dr. Shackleford of Medway, and after taking a course of lectures at the University Medical College of Cleveland, he practiced medicine most Buccessfully at Tippecanoe. Desiring, however, to make a special Btudy of diseases of the eye and ear and deformities of the body, he went to New York, where he attended all the iarge eye and ear infirmaries and orthopedie hospital. He then went to Jefferson Medical College, the celebrated Philadelphia institution, and, after taking a special course on the eye and ear, and a full course of lectures, he graduated with honors. He established himelf at his old home in Lancaster county, Pa. There he practiced for ■ome twelve years with a success that mado hira famous throughout all Eastern Pennsylvania. Especially did he become celebrated for his unparalleled success in the treatment of the eye and ear and deformities of the feet, limbs, and body in general. So immense did his office and his general practice become that it taxed even his extraordinary vital energies to the utmost to take care of it. The work he did duriug these years would have laid a dozen ordinary men in their graves. As it was, his own Herculean constitution finally succumbed to the intense strain, and he was cnmpelled to relinquish his general practice, and, combining health with business, to make a tour of the States in tbe practice of his specialties. And it was here that Dr. Hartman'u career as a physician and surgeon of national renown began. Henceforth tbe board expunse of the mighty Union was to be bis field of labor. And from the day he started out on that first tour to the present time the number of his patients has grown until now there is not a city, village or hamlet in the ■United States to which his name and the fame of his wondrous doings have not penetrated. What does this remarkable man look üke? will naturally be asked. Well, to put it broadly and and ulainly, he Looks Like the Afán He lx, a great and good man. A noble head, a well-featured, intelligent face, a pair of keen yet kindlr eyes, amost winsome mile and a soft, "cultivated voice, - these are the things that strike the visitor first, and make up a personal impression that can never be forgotten. Perhaps the most remarkable thing a bout Dr. Hartman, aaide from his gifta as a healer, is his physical vigor, strength and endurance. His capacity ror workine is 8imply astonishing. There is probably nota man living who can be com pared with him in this respect. Take the work he has done the past year, for instance. On the 18th of last September he started on his tour of the southern states. From that time until the 17th of June following he worked on the average sixteen hours a day, never missing a single appointment nor being idle one single day. In all history it is very doubtful if there is to be found the equal of this gigantic performance. One cannot be in the Doctor's office ten minutes without being astonished by his method of treating patients. The rapidity with which he disposes of a case is almost inconceivable. And when it is borne in mind that he is ai successful as he is rapid one can not but feel that this man is the most extraordinary personage this age has seen and this generation been blessed with. Take a case that occurred while the reporter was present. It was that of a lady who had long suffered the inconvenience and the blemish of a crooked eye. Bat, anxious as she was to li ave it cured, she could hardly persuade herself to endure the operation. Before the lady could realize that he had touched her eye, her eye was as straight as an eye could be! "Why, Doctor!" she cried, "is it all over? Why, I didn't feel it. And I thought it would take you an hour at least. I can hardly believe it It seems like a miracle." And vet this is a most common case with Dr. Hartman. He straihtened this lady's eye in less than half a minute by actual count of the time. One of the things that commends Dr. Hartman so highly to his patients is somelhing that can be said of too few pbysicians. He always Teil his Patients the Truth ! He never deceives them. If he sees that he can't help them at all, he tells them so. If he sees that he can help them, he says so. If he sees that he can both help and cure them, he promises to do so, and he has never once been known to fail to keep his promise,! But all diseases cannot be cured in the same time. In some it requires a week, in some a month, six months, or a year ; and in some cases of long standing, as paralysis, a number of years. He was overheard to say to a young man of 17, who had been totally paralyzed in his legs and arrns for over 13 years, that it would take him from 6 to 7 years to make him perfect, but that after the first year his (the Doctor's) services would no longer be needed, as he could then continue the treatment himself by following the Doctor's printed directions. Dr. Hartman, in his treatment of all deformities, -such as Club Feet, Curvature of the Spine, Hip Disease, Paralysis, etc., uses a procesa which is original with him and which he has perfected through 33 years of continuous practice. His succes in the treatment of this class of cases has been phenomenal. Indeed, since the Doctor's success in the treatment of this class of cases has become Bo generally known, it has come to be considered little short of a crime in parents to pertnit their children to grow up subject to these deformities when they can in all cases be so completely and permanently cured if submitted to timely treatment. His success in the cure of cáncer is also wortby of especial note. He probably treats. More Cate of Cáncer than any other pbysician in the country. They come to him from all parts of the country. He not only cureB cancer, but cures it without knife, or caustics, or loss of blood, or pain. The Doctor showed the reporter a large stack of testimoniáis and letters, all unsolicited and all expressing a gratitude that knew no bounds for the cures effected by the doctor. Mr. James, Kearney of New Orieans, for instance, couldn't begin to teil the doctor how gratef il he was. He had sufiered untold agonies from Cáncer of the Foot. The instep and whole upper surface of the foot was one masa of disease. It grew like a rose, unfolding ita petals until they hung over his foot, threatening its utter destruction. Dr. Hartman removed it, with its roots, without the least pain, without the knife, caustic, or even the loss of one drop of blood. This is but a single instance. Thousands might be givendid space permit. The Doctor's methods and means are peculiar, original and unique. Though an allopathist, and a gradúate of Jefl'erson Medical College, his methods are entirely unlike those of any living phyMci;ui. They are as peculiar as his cures are unrivalled. He never uses opium in any form ; no calomel, or mercurials of any kind; no quinine; no iodide of potash. His remedies are derived from experience and observatlon altogether. It is said of old Dr. Cliapman, of Philadelphia, that when he was a young man he had half a dozen remedies for every disease, but that, after fifty years of extensivo practice, he had but three remedies for all diseases - opium, calomel and the lancet. Dr. Hartman uses none of these, yet he probably uses fewer remedies for di - easea in general than any practicing physician. Dr. HartmaH probably receives the Lar g est Voluntary Fees of any physician in the United States. So grateful are his patients for the irnnieasurablegood he has done them that many of them are ready to give all they are worth, were he willing to accept it, as a testimonial of their gratitude. Il is said that in a case in which he removed a cáncer from a lady in Cleveland, curing her in eight or nine days and, as usual, without knife, caustic or pain, he charged her $100. Some time after Bhe called upon him, having traveled a long distance to see him. She declared that she could not realize thal she was cured. After a short chat uhe left, slipping a paper into the Doctor's hand as she did so. Fie opened the paper to find a $500 bilí ! Many other cases might be cited of even greater fee. No one knowing all these things, can be surprised iu the least to learn that it is absolutely iuipossible for the Doctor to attend to all the demanda made upon tiia time and skill. Not over a week ago a gentleman living gome twenty miles in the country carne to him in great excitement. " Doctor you must go home with me. My daughter has the dysentery, and she will die if you do not visit her. Money is no object. I will give you $25, or $50, yes, or $100 if you will come" "Yes, my dear air," said the Doctor, "but look at that waitinc room f uil of patients. How can I possibly get away without neglecting them ? Man y of them have come from a distance, and require my immediate services in order that they may take the next train. But I teil you what I can do," headded; "I can cure her without seeing her, if dysentery is ail she has." H thereupon told the father what to give her internally and locally. The gentle man accepted the directions, but left in a "huflf." Within three days, however who ehould cali on the Doctor but thi same man. " I have returned," he ex claimed, "first, to apologize for my rude departure, and secondly, to thank yoi for my daughter's cure. My daughter i well ! Three of the very doctors who gave her up to die have seen her an all have exclaimed : " What in th world did Dr. Hartman gire your daugh ter? He has robbed the very grave o ita most certain yictim ! She owes he life to him. It is indeed a miracle !" And tbereupon, the happy man wit] tears of joy in his eyes, begged the Doe tor to accept $300 as a souvenir of hi gratitude. Another of the things which la made the name of Dr. Hartman famov n the crowd of people that waits npon ïim wherever he happens to be. While ie is at his hoine office, time for his meals is scarrely his own. When he tarts out on one of his tours crovvds of eople meet him at each point. There leems to be some inagnetic influence about the Dr. which draws the people o him in such numbers as to make a memorable day wherever he stops. "By the way, Doctor," queried the reorter, dnring a moment's lull in the ush of business, "how did you cometo hoose C olumbus as your home office and headquarters ? " " Sinuply," replied ie, " because of its convenient location at the centre of popuiation of the counry, and because, also, of its many advántages as a railroad center." Dr. Harlman's Religicu Views. Dr. Hartman's religious views will inerest all. We know what his character s, and the character of the work he is loin, and we naturally expect to find ehind it and animaing it all an equaly pure, simple and beaunful reliaion. ior shall we be disappointed. What particular faith or creed he holds, or whether he ho'ds any, it isimpossible o say. His family.however, are Menonites, as are the big majority of the people of Eastern Pennsylvania. And :ertainly, if this church is to be judged )y the character of these people, it is a denomination worthy of all reverence and respect. For nowbere are to be ound more honest, thrify, substatial, sober-minded and God-fearing people han the Menonites of Eastern Pennsylvania. Weheard him say, when chaning to meet him on one occasion : "Two things constitute a Christian. Phese two things are GoodnesB and Druth. Not goodness and truth as they are supposed to be practiced ordinarily )y church members, but as they are in act. Truth married to Goodness- this s the essence of Christianity. All else n religión is external, and not essenial, the mere shell and not the ktr nel. To be good a man must do ;ood. Nor must he do good to be seen f men, or to have his name spread abroad. He must do good because it s right to do good, becauee he loves to do it, because of the beauty and the joy he act will bring to his heart. And he must be truthful in the same way, pot "or ostentation, but for the satisfaction t brings to his own soul. He must see nothiug but beauty in Truth. and nothng but ugliness and hatefulness in falsehood." Such is Dr. Hartman's religión, plainy stated by himself. This brief sketch of thelife and work of a man, whose fame as a benefactor of his fellow men has probably penetrated to every household in the Union, will doubtless be of interest to our readers.

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