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Medical Messiahs by Young, James Harvey
Medical Messiahs: A Social History of Health Quackery in 20th Century America
by Young, James Harvey
 
James Harvey Young describes the development of patent medicines in the USA, from the enactment in 1906 of the Pure Food and Drugs Act through the mid-1960s. Many predicted that the Pure Food and Drugs Act would be the end of harmful nostrums, but Young describes post-Act cases involving manufacturers and promoters of such products as Cuforhedake Brane-Fude, a "tuberculosis-curing" liniment and the dangerous weight-reducing pill Marmola. The book describes the brothers Charles Frederick and Peter Kaadt, who treated diabetic patients with a mixture of vinegar and saltpeter; Louisiana state senator Dudley J. LeBlanc, who put on fabulous medicine shows as late as the 1950s promoting Hadacol and his own political career, and Adlophus Hohensee, whose lectures on nutrition provide a classic example of the continuing appeal of food faddism.
 
Published 19750121 by Princeton, Paperback, 522 Pages, ISBN: 9780691005799, ISBN-10: 0691005796, List Price $19.95.

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