'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

An ad cocaine drops for tooth pain, from the book Since the beginning of time, humans have been searching for ways to make ourselves feel better fast. Unfortunately, history has shown that many of those ways — cannibalism, cocaine tooth drops, ingesting heavy metals — us sick, broke, or both. Yet we keep looking for that fast cure. Dr. Kang , an author and primary care physician in Omaha, Neb., the co-author of Quackery: Brief History Of The Worst Ways To Cure Everything , which publishes Oct. 17. She talked to us recently about her new book, the gross things people have done through the centuries in search of health, and what it means for modern medicine. As culture, we are always looking for quick fix, especially for our health. "We are so used to getting things immediately, it’s to be patient and ," Kang. Quackery "We’re always trying so as people to just feel better. We want normal, we want function. When something a little off, we are really, really eager to get back." That may have especially been true before physicians truly understood physiology. And […]

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