Quacks: Fakers and Charlatans in English MedicineBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7291.934/a (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:934
- Tim Stokes, clinical lecturer in general practice
- University of Leicester
Tempus, £19.99, pp 256
ISBN: 0 7524 1776 2
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. …