Quackery: A Brief History of Quack Medicines & Peddlers

Loading… Quackery refers to unproven or fraudulent medical practices, often through the sale or application of “quack medicines”. The word “quack” derives from the archaic Dutch word “quacksalver,” meaning “boaster who applies a salve.” A closely associated German word, “Quacksalber,” means “questionable salesperson .” In the Middle Ages the word quack meant “shouting”. The quacksalvers … Continue reading Quackery: A Brief History of Quack Medicines & Peddlers