Book Review: Quackery

Quackery by Lydia Kang

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
by Lydia Kang (Goodreads Author), Nate Pedersen (Goodreads Author)
3 out of 5 stars

Throughout history people have tried all sorts of weird things to cure ailments. Sometimes they have even continued to use products that they knew were poisonous, hoping for lingering benefits. Conmen have promoted cure-all elixirs that promised youth and beauty and robust health, when really they were poisoning their customers with arsenic, mercury, and morphine.

I think this book is just too morbid for me. It is certainly interesting, and the writing is excellent, but it’s not quite my cup of tea. The writing is funny, putting a light mood onto a dark subject, but it’s still too yucky and disturbing for me.

I like the way the chapters are organized, and the layout of the pages is very attractive. There are medical diagrams, old sketches from history, newspaper clippings, historic paintings, and other interesting graphics that enhance and explain each section.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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