The Quack Doctor

The Quack Doctor : Historical Remedies for all your Ills

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From the harangues of charlatans to the sophisticated advertising of the Victorian era, quackery sports a colourful history. Featuring entertaining advertisements from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book investigates the inventive ways in which quack remedies were promoted - and suggests that the people who bought them should not be written off as gullible after all. There's the Methodist minister and his museum of intestinal worms, the obesity cure that turned fat into sweat, and the device that brought the fresh air of Italy into British homes. The story of quack advertising is bawdy, gruesome, funny and sometimes moving - and in this book it takes to the stage to promote itself as a fascinating part of the history of medicine.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 200 x 26mm | 180g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0752487736
  • 9780752487731
  • 588,953

About Caroline Rance

Caroline Rance is studying for an MA in Medicine, Science, and Society at Birkbeck College, University of London and writes the successful blog "The Quack Doctor," which has been shortlisted twice for the Medgadget medical blog awards. Her novel, set in an 18th-century hospital, was published in 2009. She regularly speaks on quacks and quackery and lives in Buckinghamshire.show more

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