Magic Medicine and Quackery Author:Eric Maple Magic Medicine and Quackery — by Eric Maple — From dust jacket: — "Every dogma has its devils, and without doubt the demon of the doctors has always been the quack. This much-maligned unofficial member of the medical profession has admirably performed the role of whipping-boy and occasionally martyr through the ages, so it is no more than his due t... more »hat his story should be told.
In this book Eric Maple explores the jungle of folk medicine where the healing arts began: the fantastic world of village wise-men, faith-healing priests and empirics of the Middle Ages. He discusses the Great Age of Quackery of the eighteenth century with its rampant exploitation of human gullibility by the most audacious quacks in history, and continues with the story of the entertaining street quacks of a generation ago and the Fringe Medicine Men of twentieth-century Britain and America."« less