|THE CORN DOCTOR OF GOTHAM.|
An expert who whittles toes and never
loses a chance to take a hack at the
heart of any patient whose sentiments
are as tender as her feet.
Collection of the
National Law Enforcement Museum.
During the mid-1800s, the fascination with these stories was edged with fear, as Americans became increasingly distrustful of the burgeoning immigrant populations in major US cities. Sensational headlines in newspapers touted crime as a problem and the abolition of the old, corrupt, inept watch system and the creation of a new full-time professional police as its solution. The news media’s focus on crime and the inadequacies of the crime prevention system led to police reforms in most the major cities.