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Quacks: Fakers and Charlatans in English Medicine

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:934
  1. Tim Stokes, clinical lecturer in general practice
  1. University of Leicester

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    Roy Porter

    Tempus, £19.99, pp 256

    ISBN: 0 7524 1776 2

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    Quacksfirst appeared in 1989 with the more precise title Health for Sale: Quackery in England 1650-1850. This reissue of a classic work greatly benefits from being illustrated with an extensive series of monochrome and coloured contemporary prints. Quackery, after all, was a highly visual art.

    The 17th century definition of a quack as someone who “pretends to have medical skill or knowledge” is pejorative and remains in common use. …

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