Lessons from the History of Medical Delusions (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Jul 7, 2015 - Medical - 114 pages
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Those of my readers who have read the 'physician and Patient, which was published by the author nearly a year since, will perceive that some few of the thoughts presented in this essay, and some of the illustrations, have already appeared in that work. The repeti tion, however, could not be avoided, without making my view of the subject in hand incomplete. This is my apology, if any be needed.

It is'the opinion of some physicians that quackery had better be let alone, and that no attempt should be made to enlighten its vic tims, and to deliver them from the consequences of their errors. And among those who hold this Opinion are many eminent men, and some personal friends of the author, for whose judgment he has the highest respect. The grounds on which they object to all at tacks upon quackery are, that its victims, as they think, cannot be convinced of their error, and will be duped at any rate, and that therefore any attack upon their delusion is useless - nay, more, that it helps to introduce it into popular favor, by giving it notoriety, and perhaps even dignity.

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