Quackery

Quackery

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? Packed with outlandish cures and outright scams, Quackery is a visually rich, humorously macabre, smart, and lively journey into the dark side of medical history. Revisit a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants, when snorting skull moss was a cure for a bloody nose, and when dieters took to ingesting sanitized tapeworms. From monkey glands to blood jam, Quackery shows us that when it comes to health, humans will believe literally anything.
Publisher: New York :, Workman Publishing,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780761189817
Characteristics: viii, 344 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Pedersen, Nate - Author
Contents: Elements: prescriptions from the periodic table
Antimony
Mercury
Arsenic
Radium
Gold
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
Hydrotherapy
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.
Summary: What won't we try in our quest for perfect health, beauty, and the fountain of youth? Packed with outlandish cures and outright scams, Quackery is a visually rich, humorously macabre, smart, and lively journey into the dark side of medical history. Revisit a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants, when snorting skull moss was a cure for a bloody nose, and when dieters took to ingesting sanitized tapeworms. From monkey glands to blood jam, Quackery shows us that when it comes to health, humans will believe literally anything.

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