I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Happy belated birthday to Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything! It was released yesterday, and is a look back at all the weird ways we’ve approached health – and how it has influenced modern day medicine. It’s a bit gruesome.
Discover 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. – Goodreads
This book is fascinating – the human race has had some really odd and rather disgusting ideas over the years. A medically based non-fiction book like this can be pretty dry, but Kang & Pedersen add humour that keeps the book going at a steady clip. Some of the jokes border on corny, but seem to fit with the weird content!
Quackery is well researched and well written, with great illustrations and side notes throughout. My copy is an ARC, so it’s in black & white without image captions – but the final version is in colour. I’d like to grab a finished copy, because I really want to see the full-colour images and captions! Each chapter also ends with a modern medical update. We still surprisingly use quite a few creepy and strange things in modern medicine.
If you’re looking for a book to read to get in the Halloween spirit, Quackery would be a great choice.