On thorny ground: the human x-ray scientists

Imagine being able to see through a steel door, or to force the germination of poppy seeds and at once destroy them with the power...

Detective Caminada and the quack doctors

Angela Buckley’s book, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada, published in March 2014, tells the story of a real-life Victorian supersleuth....

Avoiding the trickcyclist and nutpicker: First World War home remedies and miracle cures

I’m delighted to welcome author Suzie Grogan to The Quack Doctor. Suzie’s latest book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental...

A Patent-Medicine Song, 1892

Some of the most famous patent medicine brands of the late Victorian era found their way into this humorous song by John Johnston, MD, in...

A devil of a cure

One must always be grateful for small mercies. When a giant jazz-hands Satan is trampling amok on your planet of residence, you can at least...
Welcome to our virtual collection of health advertising, fraudulent schemes and medical oddities of the past.

Human X-Rays

In 1911, the Grant brothers of Maidstone claimed to be 'human x-rays', able to cure disease and even bring people back to life by the power of their minds.

Caminada's quacks

Angela Buckley, author of 'The Real Sherlock Holmes', writes about Detective Jerome Caminada's campaign against medical fraudsters.

Shell Shocked Britain

Author Suzie Grogan looks at the advertised remedies that claimed to alleviate the psychological effects of war.

A Patent-Medicine Song

Some of the most famous patent medicine brands of the late Victorian era found their way into this humorous song by John Johnston.

A devil of a cure

A company in early 20th-century Kansas named their constipation medicine after an unlikely figure. Satan.

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