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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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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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.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Prentice Hall
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Tracey
Mar 13, 2014 Tracey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in the history of medical fads in America
Shelves: pop-science, medical
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 Ho...more
Lisa James
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.
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