Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia KangDiscover 67 shocking-but-true medical misfires that run the gamut from bizarre to deadly. Like when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When snorting skull moss was a cure for a bloody nose. When consuming mail-order tapeworms was a latter-day fad diet. Or when snake oil salesmen peddled strychnine (used in rat poison) as an aphrodisiac in the 60s. Seamlessly combining macabre humor with hard science and compelling storytelling, Quackery is a visually rich and information-packed exploration of historys most outlandish cures, experiments, and scams.
A humorous book that delves into some of the wacky but true ways that humans have looked to cure their ills. Leeches, mercury, strychnine, and lobotomies are a few of the topics that explore what lengths society has gone in the search for health.
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The lifestyle sections and health pages of many major newspapers and magazines routinely tout questionable health claims that are not supported by scientific research or evidence. Others can have severe repercussions. Take for instance the many treatments being falsely peddled as cures for HIV. Given that false health claims are often perpetuated by people who, at first glance, appear to be credible professionals, it is not always clear that the treatments they are touting are unproven. We have put together this guide to assist journalists, editors and Joe Public in telling fib from fact.
Last week, 10 physicians penned a letter to Columbia University's dean of health sciences and medicine calling for the university to oust Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is a professor in the surgery department. The doctors accused Oz, named "America's doctor" by Oprah Winfrey in , of "manifesting an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain. The leader of the group, Henry Miller , a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, says Oz has been promoting "new age nonsense" on TV for years. On Tuesday evening, Oz addressed his critics on air, saying he "will not be silenced" and "will not give in. He plans to address his detractors on a special episode of his show on Thursday.
The Federal Trade Commission is preparing for the annual spike in weight-loss product fraud that tends to occur this time of year, as consumers.
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Quackery , often synonymous with health fraud , is the promotion  of fraudulent or ignorant medical practices. A quack is a "fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill" or "a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, qualification or credentials they do not possess; a charlatan or snake oil salesman". The quacksalvers sold their wares on the market shouting in a loud voice. Common elements of general quackery include questionable diagnoses using questionable diagnostic tests , as well as untested or refuted treatments, especially for serious diseases such as cancer. Quackery is often described as "health fraud" with the salient characteristic of aggressive promotion. Since it is difficult to distinguish between those who knowingly promote unproven medical therapies and those who are mistaken as to their effectiveness, United States courts have ruled in defamation cases that accusing someone of quackery or calling a practitioner a quack is not equivalent to accusing that person of committing medical fraud. To be both quackery and fraud , the quack must know they are misrepresenting the benefits and risks of the medical services offered instead of, for example, promoting an ineffective product they honestly believe is effective.