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
0761189815
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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Apr 23, 2018

In another universe, this book wouldn't have taken me two weeks to read, but in this one? In this universe here? I slowed down to enjoy the crap out of it. There were a couple of chapters I wasn't really interested in, like the ones on corpse medicine and cannibalism. But that's because I've read specific books on those topics in recent years.

If you like micro-histories, medical history, and looks back on vintage content, then you'll really enjoy Quackery. Lydia Kang, an actual doctor, has a knack for taking heavy, dreary, dark and disgusting subject matter and giving it a light, friendly spin, while still giving seasoned readers enough to sink their mental teeth into.

The book has a good index, but no bibliography or annotations. I'm an annotation nerrrrrd and would have loved to see more notes in a book like this, so I can further my reading! I'm having trouble finding medical histories to read.

Anywho: highly recommended!

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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