Fakes and Quackery

Medicine:Fakes and Quackery

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1 Bancroft, Barb Medical Minutiae
0945115024 / 9780945115021; This book is loaded with incidents of medical mistakes, misinformation, and just plain nuttiness. Some of the information is gleaned from surveys, some from simple surveys Barb Bancroft has done (how many of each color M & M in a bag) and then interpreted the results - sort of. It includes old-fashioned dietary treatments for diseases that used to be quite serious, and odd treatments for minor ailments. ". It was once thought that a healthy sneeze served to cleanse the brain. Hippocrates, in all of his infinite wisdom, considered the sneeze as dangerous sign of lun disease, but also a curative for some cases of hiccups. " 141 pages, illustrated with drawings. A fun book to read! 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
CPP Associates
Lake Villa, IL, 1994, 
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Illustrated by Salcido, Frank; 
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2 McCalman, Iain The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason
0060006900 / 9780060006907; Who was the mysterious Count Cagliostro? Depending on who you ask, he was either a great healer and mystic or a dangerous charlatan whose revolutionary notions and influences threatened to undermine the monarchies of France and Russia. He was the leader of an exotic brand of Freemasonry, and was indisputably one of the most influental and notorious figures of the latter eightenth century, overcoming poverty and ignoble birth to become the darling - and bane - of upper-crust Europe. The author documents how Cagliostro crossed paths - and often swords - with Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, and Pope Pius VI. In London, Warsaw and St. Petersburg he established "healing clinics" for the poorest of the poor, a radical notion at that time, and his dexterity in the worlds of alchemy and spiritualism won him acclaim among the nobility across Europe. In 1791 he was arrested for heresy, and spent the last five years of his life in solitary confinement. A fascinating biography of a man whose influential actions still reverberate today. Includes endnotes and black and white portraits. Dust jacket has very light rubbing. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., 2003, First Edition
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