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Quack, quack, quack : the sellers of nostrums in prints, posters, ephemera & books : an exhibition on the frequently excessive & flamboyant seller of nostrums as shown in prints, posters, caricatures, books, pamphlets, advertisements & other graphic arts over the last five centuries / by William H. Helfand.

Helfand, William H.

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New York : The Grolier Club, 2002.

Physical description

252 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 27 cm


Preface -- On quackery -- The quack -- Identifying quacks -- Common traits -- Regulars vs. irregulars -- Drugs on the market -- Advertising -- Growth & decline -- The persistence of quackery -- The itinerant quack -- The ways of the quack -- Systems -- Morison's Pills -- Vin Mariani -- Anatomical museums & medicine shows -- Selling sex cures -- Addiction & electricity cures -- Quacks in the arts -- The evils of quackery.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 242-243) and index.


  • English

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