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Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything

Author: Lydia Kang; Nate Pedersen
Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What won't we try in our quest for perfect health, beauty, and the fountain of youth? Well, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass. And when strychnine--yes, that strychnine, the one used in rat poison--was dosed like Viagra. Looking back with fascination, horror, and not a little dash of dark, knowing humor, Quackery  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Humor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lydia Kang; Nate Pedersen
ISBN: 9780761189817 0761189815
OCLC Number: 967202706
Description: viii, 344 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Elements: prescriptions from the periodic table --
Mercury --
Antimony --
Arsenic --
Gold --
Radium & Radon --
The women's health hall of shame --
Plants & soil: nature's gifts --
Opiates --
Strychnine --
Tobacco --
Cocaine --
Alcohol --
Earth --
The antidotes hall of shame --
Tools: slicing, dicing, dousing & draining --
Bloodletting --
Lobotomy --
Cautery & blistering --
Enemas & Clysters --
Hydrotherapy & and the Cold Water Cure --
Surgery --
Anesthesia --
The men's health hall of shame --
Animals: creepy crawlies, corpses, and the healing power of the human body --
Leeches --
Cannibalism & corpse medicine --
Animal-derived medicines --
Sex --
Fasting --
The weight loss hall of shame --
Mysterious powers: waves, rays, and curious airs --
Electricity --
Animal magnetism --
Light --
Radionics --
The king's touch --
The eye care hall of shame --
The cancer cure hall of shame.
Responsibility: by Lydia Kang, Nate Pedersen.

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A tour of medicine's most outlandish misfires, Quackery dives into 35 "treatments", exploring their various uses and why they thankfully fell out of favour - some more recently than you might think.  Read more...

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"[A]n insightful look at human hubris in the story of would-be cures of all our ailments." --NPR's Science Friday "Much more than simply an overview of radioactive suppositories and mummy powder, Read more...

 
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