Charlatan : The Fraudulent Life of John Brinkley

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This is the enormously entertaining story of how a fraudulent surgeon made a fortune by inserting goats' testes into impotent American men. So-called 'Doctor' John Brinkley became a world renowned authority on sexual rejuvenation in the 1920s, with famous politicians and even royalty asking for his services. His nemesis was Dr Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, but it took him fifteen years to destroy Brinkley in a dramatic courtroom showdown. In the meantime, despite mounting evidence that his quack treatments killed many patients, Brinkley became a more

Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 246g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0753825716
  • 9780753825716
  • 1,790,808

About Pope Brock

A former staff writer at GQ, Pope Brock has written for ROLLING STONE, ESQUIRE, LIFE, TALK and THE SUNDAY TIMESshow more

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"The story of Brinkley, a man of many parts and all of them devious, is told in this enthralling book that captures the period as well as the man" HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINERshow more

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