Quack Medicine

Chris Holland

11 a.m., March 7, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Chris Holland will discuss “Quack Medicine”.

Here is Chris Holland’s summary of his talk:


Do you suffer from neuralgia, hysteria, consumption, or gout? We have liniments, oils, pills, devices, and procedures guaranteed to cure your every malady of the body and mind! From obscure ancient herbal wisdom to modern marvels of electricity and the atom, we have just what the doctor ordered!

Holes in the head, radioactive springs, voltaic hairbrushes, and squirming leeches are just a few of the ways we’ve attempted to cheat death. Going back to the dawn of man, to Hippocrates, Paracelsus, & Kellogg, mankind has searched for fountains of youth and the panacea of disease. Here we look at the sometimes hilarious, oftentimes bizarre, and at times deadly treatments that hucksters and doctors peddled in the name of medicine.

Dr Quackenstein, aka mild-mannered Chris Holland, will share ludicrous and ridiculous tales of medical shenanigans run amok through a multimedia presentation that includes videos, narration, and live demonstrations! (Full Program posted below)

Find out more about Dr. Quackenstein and his museum of medical curiosities at https://drquackenstein.com/.


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