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Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Lydia Kang

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Hardback (BB)
01 Oct 2017
352 pages - 203 x 152 x 32mm


A tour of medicine’s most outlandish misfires, Quackery dives into 35 “treatments”, exploring their various uses and why they thankfully fell out of favour – some more recently than you might think. Looking back in horror and a dash of dark humour, the book provides readers with an illuminating lesson in how medicine is very much an evolving process of trial and error, and how the doctor doesn’t always know bests.
Journey back to a time when doctors tried to jolt your paralysed muscles awake with a strychnine laced enema. When a physician wrote you a prescription for the mercury base “Thunderclapper” pill to relieve your constipation. When you attempted to soothe your arthritic joints with a trip to a uranium mine.
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