Quacks

Quacks Fakers & Charlatans in Medicine

Illustrated Edition

Paperback (01 Aug 2003)

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Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780752425900
Publisher: Tempus
Imprint: Tempus
Pub date:
Edition: Illustrated Edition
DEWEY: 615.856094209032
DEWEY edition: 21
Number of pages: 383
Weight: 467g
Height: 198mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 33mm