A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
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Product Number: DD39207
Released: Jun 26, 2018
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ISBN: #9781977313102
Narrator/s: Hillary Huber
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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. This book seamlessly combines macabre humor with science and storytelling to reveal an important and disturbing side of the ever-evolving field of medicine.


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Narrator(s): Hillary Huber
Product Number Z100139507
Released: Jun 26, 2018
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781977393104
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"The authors take listeners on a trip down memory lane to review dubious, often dangerous, medical cures of the past. Their skeptical eyes examine teething powders that contained mercury, radium toothpaste, and lobotomies, to name a few. Hillary Huber narrates from a modern perspective--cynicism and sarcasm are ever present in her voice. Her delivery is a good fit for the bleakly absurd, often macabre tone of the audiobook. The segments are brief, since there's a lot of medical quackery to cover. This audiobook is not for the fainthearted. Topics include sexual problems and medical cannibalism, and the general theme of killer cures isn't reassuring. Still, irreverent listeners will be spellbound. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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