The curator of the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices shares his collection of the hilarious, horrifying, and preposterous medical devices that have been foisted upon the public in their quest for good health.
This profusely (and hilariously) illustrated book contains chapters on:
- Common questions and their answers
- Simple machines to set you straight
- The curative magic of magnets
- Flipping the switch to good health
- Albert Abrams, Ruth Drown, and the miracle of vibrations
- Psychology -- the bumpy history of Phrenology
- Devices to clear your head
- Beauty -- from Quack Straps to Nip & Tuck
From the Prostate Gland Warmer to the Recto Rotor, from the Nose Straightener to the Wonder Electric Generator, these implements reveal the desperate measures taken by the public in their search for magic cures. With period advertisements, promotional literature, photos, illustrations, and gadget instructions, this book offers a wealth of past -- and present -- medical quackery.