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The Medical Messiahs
Author: James Harvey Young

ISBN: 9780691645315
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 522
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.9
Description:



James Harvey Young describes the development of patent medicines in America 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 in colorful detail post-Act cases involving manufacturers and promoters of such products as Cuforhedake Brane-Fude, B. 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 Adolphus Hohensee, whose lectures on nutrition provide a classic example of the continuing appeal of food faddism.



Review:



"The Medical Messiahs is an example of historical writing at its best--scholarly, perceptive, and exceedingly readable. Despite his objectivity, Young's dry humor shines through and illuminates his entire book."--John Duffy,Journal of Southern History


"This book is written in tight, graceful prose that reflects thought rather than sub...

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