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....
|Title||:||The Great American Medicine Show: Being an Illustrated History of Hucksters, Healers, Health Evangelists, and Heroes from Plymouth Rock to the Present|
|Number of Pages||:||292 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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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 Reviews
After reading Road to Wellville & Quack!: Tales of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable Medical DevicesI wanted to learn more about this topic, so I dug out my copy of The Great American Medicine Show Being an Illustrated History of Hucksters Healers Health Evangelists and Heroes from Plymouth Rock to the Present.It's a coffee table-sized book that covers the history of the more unusual medical trends that came about in the USA. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific topic, with Homeopathy, Temperance, Osteopathy, Diet Fads, being some examples. Each chapter follows a chronological timeline for the topic, with the appropriate illustrations. The style is light and informal; however, the bibliography at the end shows the extensive research that went into this work. Also includes an index.Although the focus of this book is "crackpot" medicine, the authors do give credit where credit is due. For example, they discuss how osteopaths and chiropractors are becoming more mainstream and how organic farming is becoming an important part of agriculture.If you're interested in the history of medical fads in America, I would recommend reading this book.
This book was absolutely fascinating, although, since it's sort of a reference book, it's best to take it in small doses (no pun intended!) The history of medications as we know them today is really neat, & I'm sure there are those elders out there who still remember some of these things being sold at local drug stores.