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The Quack Doctor: Historical Remedies For All Your Ills

History


by
Caroline Rance

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 224 pages

File size: 1.5 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

From the harangues of mountebanks to the dubious advertisements in Victorian newspapers, quackery sports a colourful history. Featuring entertaining advertisements from historical newspapers, this book investigates the inventive ways in which quack remedies were promoted – and whether the people who bought them should be written off as gullible after all. There’s the Methodist minister and his museum of intestinal worms, the obesity cure that turned fat into sweat, and the device that brough the fresh air of Italy into British homes. The story of quack advertising is bawdy, gruesome, funny and sometimes moving – and in this book it takes to the stage to promote itself as a fascinating part of the history of medicine.

From the harangues of mountebanks to the dubious advertisements in Victorian newspapers, quackery sports a colourful history. Featuring entertaining advertisements from historical newspapers, this book investigates the inventive ways in which quack remedies were promoted – and whether the people who bought them should be written off as gullible after all. There’s the Methodist minister and his museum of intestinal worms, the obesity cure that turned fat into sweat,… (more)

From the harangues of mountebanks to the dubious advertisements in Victorian newspapers, quackery sports a colourful history. Featuring entertaining advertisements from historical newspapers, this book investigates the inventive ways in which quack remedies were promoted – and whether the people who bought them should be written off as gullible after all. There’s the Methodist minister and his museum of intestinal worms, the obesity cure that turned fat into sweat, and the device that brough the fresh air of Italy into British homes. The story of quack advertising is bawdy, gruesome, funny and sometimes moving – and in this book it takes to the stage to promote itself as a fascinating part of the history of medicine.

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