Quacks: Fakers & Charlatans in Medicine
If the thought of visiting the doctor or having a spell in the hospital gives most people pause to contemplate their mortality, then such thoughts must pale when compared to the experiences of our ancestors. They were largely at the mercy of a medical fraternity renowned more for the eccentricity of their cures than their efficacy. From the pisse prophets who would gaze upon a patient’s urine to establish the most accurate diagnosis, to the pushers of such remedies as "Walkers Jesuit Drops” to cure venereal disease, Quacks is a thrilling history of opportunists, charlatans, conmen, some deludedly sincere doctors, and--ultimately--of our own enduring credulity.
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This was an entertaining history of the men and women who were labeled as quacks in Britain during the 17th to the early 19th centuries. The term "quack" was applied to men and women who were accused ... Read full review
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The late Porter, whose Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine and The Greatest Benefit to Mankind were wide-ranging collections of medical practices through the ages, turned his attention to the ... Read full review