Quackery

Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, here are dozens of outlandish, morbidly hilarious “treatments”—conceived by doctors and scientists, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen (yes, they literally tried to sell ...

Quackery

Quackery

What won’t we try in our quest for perfect health, beauty, and the fountain of youth? Well, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass. And when strychnine—yes, that strychnine, the one used in rat poison—was dosed like Viagra. Looking back with fascination, horror, and not a little dash of dark, knowing humor, Quackery recounts the lively, at times unbelievable, history of medical misfires and malpractices. Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, here are dozens of outlandish, morbidly hilarious “treatments”—conceived by doctors and scientists, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen (yes, they literally tried to sell snake oil)—that were predicated on a range of cluelessness, trial and error, and straight-up scams. With vintage illustrations, photographs, and advertisements throughout, Quackery seamlessly combines macabre humor with science and storytelling to reveal an important and disturbing side of the ever-evolving field of medicine.

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Quackery
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Lydia Kang, Nate Pedersen
Categories: Medical
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-10-17 - Publisher: Workman Publishing

What won’t we try in our quest for perfect health, beauty, and the fountain of youth? Well, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass. And when strychnine—yes, that strychnine, the one used in rat poison—was dosed
Health, Quackery & the Consumer
Language: en
Pages: 426
Authors: Warren Edward Schaller, Charles R. Carroll
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1976 - Publisher: W B Saunders Company

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Health Frauds and Quackery
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: United States. Congress. Senate. Special Committee on Aging
Categories: Fraud
Type: BOOK - Published: 1964 - Publisher:

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Medical Quackery: Final report
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: California. Legislature. Senate. Interim Committee on Public Health
Categories: Quacks and quackery
Type: BOOK - Published: 1958 - Publisher:

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Quackery
Language: en
Pages: 252
Authors: United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Aging. Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care
Categories: Government publications
Type: BOOK - Published: 1984 - Publisher:

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