What if before the accusations, before the radio shows, before the court hearings, Dr. Morris Fishbein had the chance to interview Brinkley's son?
“The Lost Case File” is a fictional short film that raises the question “What if”?
In the early 1900’s, Dr. John Romulus Brinkley became famous as a fake surgeon, country music radio pioneer and politician. His plan was to build an empire that would later be handed to his son, John R. (Johnny-Boy) Brinkley III.
Before the empire was set in stone for the ages, one AMA Doctor, a Doctor Morris Fishbein brought an end to the Brinkley reign, but what if he had not been successful?
In this “newly-found case file” film, Dr. Fishbein gains access to the Brinkley mansion in Del Rio, Texas to interview Johnny-Boy on the sly. Although Fishbein’s visit is cut short, he manages to get a brief interview with the child being groomed by perhaps one of the most influential and intriguing men in American medical history.
The purpose of this film is to bring to light the reality of America’s never-ending love affair with vanity and drugs. Dr. John R. Brinkley, while perhaps evil, may also be viewed as a messenger from the past to a country still in the grips of this dangerous pre-occupation with its own self- satisfaction and narcissistic pursuit of eternal youth.
Not just a film, but perhaps a warning to all.
"The Lost Case File:
An interview with
John R. "Johnny Boy" Brinkley III
Morris Fishbein M.D.
(July 22, 1889 – September 27, 1976)
He was also notable due to his affinity for exposing quacks, notably our goat-gland surgeon John Brinkley!
Fishbein was constantly campaigning for regulation of medical devices. His book "Fads and Quackery in Healing", debunked homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, Christian Science, radionics and other dubious medical practices.
In 1938, Fishbein authored a two-part article "Modern Medical Charlatans" in the journal "Hygeia" which criticized the quackery of Brinkley. Brinkley sued Fishbein for libel but lost the case. The jury found that Brinkley "should be considered a charlatan and a quack in the ordinary, well-understood meaning of those words." Fishbein responded that "the decision is a great victory for honest scientific medicine, for the standards of education and conduct established by the American Medical Association".