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Quack medicine : a history of combating health fraud in twentieth-century America

Boyle, Eric W. (author.).

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Kirtland Community College Library R 730 .B69 2013 30775305464845 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780313385674 (hardcopy : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 031338567X (hardcopy : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780313385681 (e-book)
  • ISBN: 0313385688 (e-book)
  • Physical Description: print
    xxii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, [2013]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-229) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- Quackery unmasked -- Rationalizing and regulating the therapeutic marketplace -- Marketing medicines in an age of reform -- Propaganda for reform -- A new deal for quackery -- Redefining quackery in the age of wonder drugs -- Reviving the anti-quackery crusade in the 1950s and 1960s -- Redefining quackery in the closing decades of the twentieth century.
Summary, etc.: This book "reveals how efforts to establish an exact border between quackery and legitimate therapeutic practices and medications have largely failed, and details the reasons for this failure. Digging beneath the surface, the book uncovers the history of allegedly fraudulent therapies including pain medications, obesity and asthma cures, gastrointestinal remedies, virility treatments, and panaceas for diseases such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. It shows how efforts to combat alleged medical quackery have been connected to broader debates among medical professionals, scientists, legislators, businesses, and consumers, and it exposes the competing professional, economic, and political priorities that have encouraged the drawing of arbitrary, vaguely defined boundaries between good medicine and quack medicine."--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Quacks and quackery United States History
Quackery United States History
Drug Industry United States History
Fraud United States History
Government Regulation United States History
History, 20th Century United States
Legislation, Drug United States History
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