Discover 67 shocking-but-true medical misfires that run the gamut from bizarre to deadly. Like when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When snorting skull moss was a cure for a bloody nose. When consuming mail-order tapeworms was a latter-day fad diet. Or when snake oil salesmen peddled strychnine (used in rat poison) as an aphrodisiac in the '60s. Seamlessly combining macabre humor with hard science and compelling storytelling, Quackery is a visually rich and information-packed exploration of history's most outlandish cures, experiments, and scams.
A humorous book that delves into some of
the wacky but true ways that humans have looked to cure their ills.
Leeches, mercury, strychnine, and lobotomies are a few of the topics
that explore what lengths society has gone in the search for health.
This book was both informative and hilarious. The authors used a lot of humor for what could have been a disgusting book (in a good way.) I real a lot of history, especially odd and creepy history, yet I was pleasantly surprised to learn about odd medical quackery that I hadn't heard about before.