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

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

by David Armstrong, Elizabeth M. Armstrong
 

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Library Journal - Library Journal
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
Booknews
Beginning with early American medicine, the Armstrongs profile some of the best-known medical figures, divine healers, medicine men, reformers, and just plain quacks, and delineate the kinds of treatment they championed. Includes some 100 interesting and often humorous illustrations of historic advertisements, cartoons, and the like. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780133640274
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Books
Publication date:
10/15/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
304

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