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The Resource Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything, Lydia Kang, MD ; Nate Pedersen

Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything, Lydia Kang, MD ; Nate Pedersen

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Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything
Title
Quackery
Title remainder
a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything
Statement of responsibility
Lydia Kang, MD ; Nate Pedersen
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Language
eng
Summary
"What won't we try in our quest for perfect health, beauty, and the fountain of youth? Well, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass. And when strychnine--yes, that strychnine, the one used in rat poison--was dosed like Viagra. Looking back with fascination, horror, and not a little dash of dark, knowing humor, Quackery recounts the lively, at times unbelievable, history of medical misfires and malpractices. Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, here are dozens of outlandish, morbidly hilarious "treatments"--conceived by doctors and scientists, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen (yes, they literally tried to sell snake oil)--that were predicated on a range of cluelessness, trial and error, and straight-up scams. With vintage illustrations, photographs, and advertisements throughout, Quackery seamlessly combines macabre humor with science and storytelling to reveal an important and disturbing side of the ever-evolving field of medicine"--
Summary
A darkly whimsical chronicle of medicine's greatest mistakes incorporates vintage images and ads for historical cures, from morphine for colicky babies and strychnine for impotence to leeches for the common cold and liquefied gold for immortality
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10574508
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Kang, Lydia
Dewey number
615.8/56/09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Pedersen, Nate
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True
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  • Quacks and quackery
  • Medicine
  • MEDICAL / History
  • Medicine
  • Quacks and quackery
  • History of Medicine
Target audience
adult
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a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything
Label
Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything, Lydia Kang, MD ; Nate Pedersen
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Publication
Copyright
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Includes index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Opiates
  • Strychnine
  • Tobacco
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Earth
  • The antidotes hall of shame
  • Tools: slicing, dicing, dousing & draining.
  • Bloodletting
  • Lobotomy
  • Elements: prescriptions from the periodic table.
  • 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
  • Antimony
  • 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
  • Mercury
  • The cancer cure hall of shame
  • Arsenic
  • Radium
  • Gold
  • The women's health hall of shame
  • Plants & soil: nature's gifts.
Control code
ocn967202706
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 344 pages
Isbn
9780761189817
Lccn
2017044778
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)967202706
Label
Quackery : a brief history of the worst ways to cure everything, Lydia Kang, MD ; Nate Pedersen
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Opiates
  • Strychnine
  • Tobacco
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Earth
  • The antidotes hall of shame
  • Tools: slicing, dicing, dousing & draining.
  • Bloodletting
  • Lobotomy
  • Elements: prescriptions from the periodic table.
  • 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
  • Antimony
  • 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
  • Mercury
  • The cancer cure hall of shame
  • Arsenic
  • Radium
  • Gold
  • The women's health hall of shame
  • Plants & soil: nature's gifts.
Control code
ocn967202706
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
viii, 344 pages
Isbn
9780761189817
Lccn
2017044778
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)967202706

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