Quackery Through the Ages
Lobotomies. Bloodletting. Leeches. Arsenic. The usage of dubiously helpful and occasionally harmful treatments have been a mainstay of medical care since the beginning of recorded history. In many cases, these were done with the hope of a true cure, but often they were done in the guise of beneficence in order to financially benefit the so-called "snake-oil salesman." In this installment of the McGoogan Library Speaker Series, UNMC's Lydia Kang, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, discusses the historical breadth of how medical treatments -- both well-intentioned and not -- have evolved over time, and why they are still so stubbornly alive today.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Kang, Lydia, "Quackery Through the Ages" (2021). Speaker Series: Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library. 2.