The Museum of Questionable Medical
of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable
A smorgasbord of medical lunacy!
The curator of the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices shares
his collection of the hillarious, horrifying, and preposterous medical
devies that have been foisted upon the public in their quest for good
health. From the Prostate Gland Warmer to the Recto Rotor, from the Nose
Straightener to the Wonder Electro Marvel, these implements reveal the
desperate measures taken by the public in their search for magic cures.
With period advertisements, promotional literature, and gaget
instructions, this book offers a wealth of past - and present - medical
$19.95 plus P&H, ISBN 1-891661-108
240 Pages, Hundreds of photos and illustrations
Here's what people are saying about Bob McCoy and the Museum of
Questionable Medical Devices:
- A stunning testament to the myriad ways people have tried to
make money off the eternal ills of humankind. - New York Times
- An assortment of medical devices that will at once amaze,
entertain, and inform you! - David Letterman
- P.T. Barnum once said there's a sucker born every minute.
Bob McCoy would quickly add there's a quack born every hour to take
advantage of that. - Good Morning America
The Road to Wellville
When giving tours of the museum, we
pause next to Dr. Kellogg's Vibratory Chair (it keeps you regular!), tell
a brief story about the Battle Creek Sanitarium, and urge folks to see or
read The Road to Wellville...historical fiction about Kellogg and
The San at the turn of the century.
book by T. Coraghessan Boyle is available in paper (1994; $10.36).
movie, also called The Road to Wellville (1994, $12.99) stars Anthony
Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick and Dana Carvey. Watch the film
closely to see the vibratory chair in action! A
very funny movie!
Quackery & History
Great American Medicine Show : Being an Illustrated History of Hucksters,
Healers, Health Evangelists, and Heroes from Plymouth Rock to the Present
by David Armstrong and Elizabeth Metzger Armstrong. Out of print. Price quoted
Health Robbers : A Close Look at Quackery in America (Consumer Health
Library) by Steven Barrett MD, et. al. Hardcover, (October 1993), $28.95.
Vitamin Pushers : How the 'Health Food' Industry Is Selling America a Bill
of Goods (Consumer Health Library) Stephen Barrett, et al / Hardcover
/ Published 1994 $20.97
Snake-Oil Syndrome : Patent Medicine Advertising by A. Walker Bingham
Hardcover (June 1994) $40.00
Crusade by Gerald Carson. The influence of religion on America's first
convenience food...more on the Battle Creek cereal companies.
Out-of-print. Price quoted before purchase.
Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould Hardcover Revised edition (June
Rev/Expd edition (June 1996), $11.96
of Orgasm : 'Hysteria,' the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual Satisfaction
(Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology. New Series, 24) by Rachel
P. Maines. Hardcover, January 1999,
Out Your Dead : The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793
(Studies in Health Illness and Caregiving) by J. H. Powell Paperback
Reprint edition (July 1993) $15.95;
Reprint edition (April 1993) $35.00
Healthcare : A Comprehensive Guide (Consumer Health Library) by Jack
Raso, Stephen Barrett (Editor) $28.95
& headlines; the phrenological Fowlers by Madeleine B. Stern. Out
of print. Price quoted before purchase.
Phrenological Dictionary of Nineteenth-CenturyAmericans. by Madeleine
B. Stern. Hardcover (July 1982) $105.00
Health Quackery : Collected Essays by James Harvey Young.
Hardcover, (May 1992), $42.50
Medical Messiahs : A Social History of Health Quackery in Twentieth-Century
America by James Young. Out-of-print. Price quoted before purchase.
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