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Main Title: Kill or cure : lotions, potions, characters and quacks of early Australia / by Peter J. Phillips.
Author: Phillips, Peter J. (Peter James)
Imprint: Greenhouse, 1978.
Collation: 156 p. : ill., portraits, hbk ; 29 cm.
Subject: Medicine
Quacks and quackery
Folk medicine
Traditional medicine
ISBN: 0909104662
Contents: A proliferation of quacks: European, British and Australian charlatans; registered and unregistered doctors; epidemics; medical institutes and museums p11. Sparks and flashes: electrical devices; personal magnetism; bottled electricity and Count Mattei p25. Freeman and Wallace Electro-Medical and Surgical Institute p37. Sickness washed away: various water treatments and their protagonists p55. Homeopathy: origins of homeopathy; Johan Gunst and his theories; the dispensary that was later to become Prince Henry's Hospital p61. A cure for everything: life in Australia in the 1880s and 1890s; a variety of potions including Vitadatio, Ayers Sarsparilla, Dr Williams Pink Pills for Pale People and Bile Beans p73. Cures and curers: diphtheria and typhoid epidemics produce panic; 'medical' institutes on the increase; more pills; vaccines developed to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and small pox p99. Predators and others: some criticisms of fakes appear; vitalogy; phrenology; tokology; herbalists; Horace Fletcher and Fletcherism p116. It's all in the mind: predestination; palm reading; mesmerism; odylic fluid; numerology; spiritualism; faith healers; World War One marks the end of the era of unbridled quackery p139..
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