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Old Posted Feb 8, 2013, 6:47 PM
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Originally Posted by GaylordWilshire View Post

A welcome follow-up!

The subject of gland transplantation is interesting, if not controversial. Monkey and other glands were popular enough in Dr. Wheeler's day and one wonders if that had anything to do with the popularity of Monkey Island and the "real" reason for its eventual demise? Don't get me started with Monkey Fur!

Pre-1920s 14-year old boy after having an ape thyroid gland grafted onto his own (right) Same boy at age 15.

LA Times owner, Harry Chandler is alleged to have been a proponent.

Unfortunately the sex gland transplantation movement was tainted by those with more than scientific interest. Perhaps the most colorful among these is Dr. John R. Brinkley (1885–1942), who attended Bennet Medical College in Chicago but never graduated. He bought a diploma from Kansas City Eclectic Medical University in 1915 and by 1917 had established a medical practice in Milford, Kansas. Brinkley recognized early the fortune to be made in antiaging therapies. With Chicago con man James Crawford he created a company known as Electro Medical Doctors. Under this name the pair injected colored distilled water promised to rejuvenate for $25 a shot. Inspired by the work of Brown-Sequard, Steinach, Voronoff and others, Brinkley also began to experiment with gland transplants. His interest was certainly in large measure driven by entrepreneurial desire. The Brinkley operation to improve sexual function consisted of testicular gland transplants from goats (fig. 7). Testimonials from satisfied customers such as H. Chandler, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, led to considerable publicity for Brinkley. In addition, he started up the radio station KFKB where he lectured on his rejuvenation therapies. The Milford Messiah, as he was sometimes called, was said to have performed more than 16,000 transplants. With his rise to fame came increased scrutiny from the medical community. The American Medical Association ultimately revoked his license on the grounds of immorality and unprofessional conduct. In 1930, in an effort to regain public favor and his license, he organized a massive write-in campaign to become governor of Kansas. The race was close but Brinkley ultimately lost to H. Woodring. Following 2 more unsuccessful attempts for governor he moved his family to Del Rio, Texas where he operated a radio station from Mexico, speculated in oil and studied for the Methodist ministry. Although wealthy during the 1930s, income tax problems left him bankrupt upon his death in 1942.

Visitors could pick up the 500 monkeys because there were no cages or bars at Monkey Island, located at 3300 Cahuenga Boulevard just north of Barham. Art director and set designer Paul Palmentola together with architect George Sprague and engineer R. McBeanfield designed the amusement park, which opened Thanksgiving Day in 1938. A six story building housed the offices, hospital and laboratories, while the "island" was a concrete structure featuring a mountain that served as the sleeping quarters for the monkeys, tropical planting and waterfalls all surrounded by a moat. This complex has been demolished.
Circa 1939 - Monkey Island.

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