An entertaining introduction to the quacks, snake-oil salesmen,
and charlatans, who often had a point
Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteenth-century
America, traditional medicine still adhered to ancient healing
methods, subjecting patients to bleeding, blistering, and induced
vomiting and sweating. Facing such horrors, many patients ran with
open arms to burgeoning practices that promised new ways to cure
their ills. Hydropaths... more...