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Quackery

A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen

Hardcover, 342 pages, Workman Publishing Company, List Price: $22.95 |

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A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
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Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen

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A darkly whimsical chronicle of medicine's greatest mistakes incorporates vintage images and ads for historical cures, from morphine for colicky babies and strychnine for impotence to leeches for the common cold and liquefied gold for immortality.

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'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

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