What the Apothecary Ordered

What the Apothecary Ordered : Questionable Cures Through the Ages

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Troubled by toothache? Dogged by dipsomania? Perhaps you have been poisoned or accidentally got a bottle stuck up your bottom? This compendium of tried and tested (and terrifying) historical remedies is your go-to guide for how not to seek medical relief. From smearing mouse-dung on your teeth to drinking sulphuric acid, and from mechanical chin-reducing contraptions to 'super-super-excellent' quack medicines, here are to be found the most bizarre and alarming remedies of the last two thousand years. Spanning Ancient Greece and twentieth century Britain and America, What the Apothecary Ordered positively haemorrhages with the dangerous ministrations of 'healers' of yore. Everyday illnesses, beauty, surgery, sexual performance and madness - whatever the nature of the malady, here the reader will find a cautionary tale about entrusting oneself to the experts.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 134 x 152 x 24mm | 339.99g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Old House Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 35 b/w; 35 col
  • 1908402865
  • 9781908402868
  • 373,120

About Caroline Rance

Caroline Rance is the curator and editor of www.thequackdoctor.com, a blog which investigates the stories behind the advertised medicines of the Victorian era. She has an MA in the history of medicine and has published both fiction and non-fiction.show more

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Thank god for modern medicine. This novelty book reminds us what used to pass for healing in ancient times. ...this book will have you alternately howling with laughter and clearing your throat in disgust. "National Nurses United" Along with such interesting and odd advice, the book also contains many pictures of the original advertisements and written passages for the above-mentioned cures. These additions are as entertaining as the text. This is a must-have book for those who like exploring the 'science' behind medicine. I wonder if future readers will think our own traditions are as primitive and repulsive. "Historical Novel Society""show more

Table of contents

Introduction /Desperate Remedies /All is Vanity /Embarrassing Bodies /Tired & Emotional /Cutting Edgeshow more
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