Charlatan

Charlatan

America's Most Dangerous Huckster, The Man Who Pursued Him, And The Age Of Flimflam

Book - 2008
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Tells the story of the little-known Dr. John Brinkley and his unquenchable thirst for fame and fortune and Morris Fishbein, a quackbuster extraordinaire who relentlessly pursued the greatest charlatan of the 1920s and 1930s.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2008.
ISBN: 9780307339881
0307339882
Characteristics: 324 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.

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patcarstensen
Aug 27, 2016

An amazing "career" where the "Doctor" is never down -- he invents radio advertising and, when they take away his radio station, he builds the first super-station in Mexico and introduces America to the Carter family. But some guys will wince at the medical details.

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KarenW
Nov 17, 2010

When the medical quackery of inserting goat glands - mainly testicles - into the human body sweeps the nation, the fake Dr. Brinkley ends up making millions. But it isn't until he is brought to task for his deeds, which include murder, by the AMA's Morris Fishbein that his empire comes crashing down. This reads like sci-fi, but has far reaching consequences in our own time with other quack rememdies and surgeries.

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