Coming October 17, 2017 from Workman Publishing:
QUACKERY: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORST WAYS TO CURE EVERYTHING
by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen
Hardcover Edition ISBN: 978-0761189817 | ASIN: B06XDX2X15
A humorous book that delves into some of the wacky but true ways that humans have looked to cure their ills. Leeches, mercury, strychnine, and lobotomies are a few of the topics that explore what lengths society has gone in the search for health.
2017 QUACKERY TOUR
Tuesday, October 17th, San Diego, California: Hosted by Adventures by the Book as part of Health and Wellness Dinner Series. Event will be held at The Godfather Restaurant. Further details on the event page or on Facebook.
Wednesday, October 18, Sacramento, California: Central Library Galleria, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 19th, Portland, Oregon: Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 23, Seattle, Washington: Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park location, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, Prineville, Oregon: The Bowman Museum, 6:30 p.m.
***If you live in the Midwest, South, or East Coast, be sure to check out my co-author Lydia’s tour dates for Quackery on her website.***
Praise for QUACKERY:
“Much more than simply an overview of radioactive suppositories and mummy powder, Quackery is a thrilling dive into the human desire to live, to thrive, and the incredible power of belief. Delightful, disturbing, and delightfully disturbing, Quackery shares fascinating medical tales from throughout the ages, including the age we live in. It astonishes with the history of what patients once did in the name of ‘health’ and makes you wonder what we will one day look back on with equal shock.” —Dylan Thuras, coauthor of Atlas Obscura
“Quackery brilliantly educates and entertains through the errors of doctors and scientists of the past. An entertaining read that will shock you and change how you view the health claims on products that we see daily.” —David B. Agus, MD, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The End of Illness
“Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen take us on a fast-moving journey through some of the craziest moments in medical history. It’s fascinating, fun, and occasionally infuriating. And it’s also a cautionary tale that should resonate even today—a reminder that when it comes to health care, being an informed consumer may indeed save your life.” —Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz-Age New York
“Quackery is a bubbling elixir of the comically useless, the wildly hyped, and the just plain weird in would-be cures through history. Peel away those quaint old patent medicine labels and add some modern buzzwords, and marvel at how much has (and yet hasn’t really) changed.” —Paul Collins, author of The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars
“Next time someone reminisces to you about the good old days, remind them how people used to wash their faces with arsenic, rub on radium liniment, and give each other tobacco smoke enemas. This compulsively readable compendium is a great reminder that medicine in the old days was often worse than the disease—and that there’s always reason to be wary of ‘miracle cures.’” —Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces