A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Book - 2017
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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 recounts the lively, at times unbelievable, history of medical misfires and malpractices. Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, here are dozens of outlandish, morbidly hilarious "treatments"--conceived by doctors and scientists, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen (yes, they literally tried to sell snake oil)--that were predicated on a range of cluelessness, trial and error, and straight-up scams. With vintage illustrations, photographs, and advertisements throughout, Quackery seamlessly combines macabre humor with science and storytelling to reveal an important and disturbing side of the ever-evolving field of medicine"--
Publisher: New York :, Workman Publishing,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780761189817
Characteristics: viii, 343 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Pedersen, Nate


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emblight Feb 07, 2018

An informative, humorous and very well presented book. Some details may make you cringe and we should be thankful that the medical world has moved on since many of these "cures"! Recommended read.

OPL_KrisC Feb 03, 2018

Lydia Kang is a local Omaha author who I have come to love through her teen books. This is her first nonfiction title about medical mistakes and the worst way people have tried to treat different medical conditions. It was pretty informative with a bit of sarcasm and humor thrown in.

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