The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices had more than 250 quack medical devices in their collection. Though a small museum, it featured the largest display of quack devices in the U.S. About two-thirds of our collection was on permanent loan from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Bakken Library, the American Medical Association, and the St. Louis Science Center. Other devices have been donated over the years by generous individuals and government consumer protection agencies. The Collection now is in the hands of The Science Museum of Minnesota.

Our on-line device collection features:

ACU-DOT Magnetic Analgesic Patches End of link
Battle Creek Vibratory Chair End of link
Chiropractic Quackery:  The Toftness Radiation Detector End of link
Contemporary Quackery End of link
Electropathy End of link
Foot Operated Breast Enlarger Pump, 1976 End of link
Gas Grill Igniters:  The Stimulator and the Crystaldyne Pain Reliever End of link
History of the Psychograph End of link
MacGregor Rejuvenator 1932 End of link
Micro-Dynameter 1963 End of link
Micro-dynameter Type A, 1936  End of link
Natural Eye Sight System End of link
Prostate Cures End of link
The Psychograph: An Antique Phrenology Machine End of link
Phlebotomy:  The Ancient Art of Bloodletting End of link
Quick Links to Electrical Quackery End of link
The Radium Case End of link
Radium Ore Revigator End of link
Relaxacisor End of link
Shoe-Fitting X-ray Device End of link
The Timely Warning End of link
The Vibrometer End of link
Violet Ray Generators End of link

Click on a page and follow the previous next links for a virtual tour.

Bob on Letterman

Watch clips of curator Bob McCoy's many television appearances in our:
Video Vault!



"A stunning testament to the myriad of ways people have tried to make money off the eternal ills of humankind." -New York Times

"Snake oil salesmen, beware!" - Time Magazine

"An assortment of medical devices that will at once amaze, entertain, and inform you!"

-Late Night With David Letterman Rating



Tales of Medical Fraud from
the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

by Bob McCoy, Curator


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. Includes the Prostate Gland Warmer, Phrenology Machine, Recto Rotor, Nose Straightener, Wonder Electro Marvel, and hundreds of other quack devices. With period advertisements, promotional literature, and gadget instructions, this book offers a wealth of past-and-present medical fraud.

Order here: Quack!: Tales of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices





Museum of Questionable Medical Devices
updated 4/13/13