The Great American Medicine Show: Being an Illustrated History of Hucksters, Healers, Health Evangelists and Heroes from Plymouth Rock to the Present

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9780133640274: The Great American Medicine Show: Being an Illustrated History of Hucksters, Healers, Health Evangelists and Heroes from Plymouth Rock to the Present

A rip-roaring grand parade of the American medical sideshow, from the early crusaders through today's health gurus. It is an illustrated history of hucksters, healers, health evangelists and heroes, plus a compendium of remedies from Fletcherizing to phrenology. 120 illustrations.

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This extensively illustrated, whimsically categorized, and wittily written compendium is distinctly oriented toward the bizarre, the ridiculous, the unusual, and the sublime: for every medical hero here, there are a dozen or more goats. As such, it is not a reference of first resort for information about the successes of medical progress, but rather an often funny, occasionally eye-opening, and clever gathering of misbegotten theory, outright fraud, and zealous charlatanism. Hidden within are good overviews of medicine shows, osteopathy, physical fitness, and dieting. Most of the information is historical and anecdotal, and the bibliography is thorough. This is for popular history of medicine collections.
- Mark L. Shelton, Athens, Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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