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...

Goat testicles and great stories! An interview with film director Penny Lane

In Depression-era Kansas, small-town doctor J R Brinkley made a fortune from his novel method of treating impotence. It was startling, sensationally popular… and a...

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.

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.

Brinkley's odd operation

An interview with filmmaker Penny Lane, creator of a new documentary about Dr John R Brinkley and his startling cure for impotence in early 20th-century America.

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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