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Quacks and quackery -- History

The Quack Doctor

In the 1880s, long before one could purchase a treadmill, a New York company promoted a "health jolting chair" for "ALL PERSONS...whose sedentary habits have caused or may cause disease." Meanwhile, in 1896, a Fort Wayne, Indiana pharmacy placed an advertisement in the local newspaper for "ambition pills for weak and nervous men." Caroline Rance, a writer who holds a master's degree in the history...