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American health quackery : collected essays

Author: James Harvey Young
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1992.
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James Harvey Young, the foremost expert on the history of medical frauds, finds quackery in the 1990s to be more extensive and insidious than in earlier and allegedly more naive eras. The modern quack isn't an outrageous-looking hawker of magic remedies operating from the back of a carnival wagon, but he knows how to use antiregulatory sentiment and ingenious promotional approaches to succeed in a "trade" that is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Collected Works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Harvey Young
ISBN: 0691047820 9780691047829 9780691600369 0691600368
OCLC Number: 24429133
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 1993
Description: xii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Telling Why --
Prologue: A Quota of Quotations on Quackery. Ch. 1. Getting into Quackery --
pt. II. Seeking Patterns. Ch. 2. Quackery and the American Mind. Ch. 3. "The Foolmaster Who Fooled Them" Ch. 4. Folk into Fake --
pt. III. Giving Counsel. Ch. 5. Health Quackery: A Historian's Advice. Ch. 6. The Regulation of Health Quackery --
pt. IV. Considering Themes. Ch. 7. The Long Struggle against Quackery in Dentistry. Ch. 8. "Even to a Sucking Infant": Nostrums and Children. Ch. 9. The Marketing of Patent Medicines in Lincoln's Springfield. Ch. 10. Nutritional Eccentricities --
pt. V. Narrating Cases. Ch. 11. "Euclid + Lincoln = Kent" Ch. 12. When Folk Medicine Flourished in the Shadows of Grady Hospital. Ch. 13. Laetrile in Historical Perspective. Ch. 14. AIDS and Deceptive Therapies.
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