Quackery and Humbugs
Books either propounding or describing quack medicine, dubious
scientific theories, and the like.
of New-York: being a remonstrance against popular delusion;
whether in science, philosophy, or religion. By David Meredith Reese, M.D.
New-York: John S. Taylor, 1838. —Includes interesting discussions of
“ultra-abolitionism” and “ultra-Protestantism” among the “humbugs.”
Unmasked: or a consideration of the most prominent empirical
schemes of the present time, with an enumeration of some of the causes
which contribute to their support. By Dan King, M.D. Boston: David Clapp,
The Humbugs of
the World: An Account of Humbugs, Delusions, Impositions,
Quackeries, Deceits and Deceivers Generally, in all ages. By P. T. Barnum.
New York: Carleton, 1866. —“There is no one, perhaps, better qualified than
Mr. Barnum, the Prince of Humbuggers, to detect and describe humbug in all
its ramifications and phases. He has written a very amusing book concerning
humbugs of various sorts, among which are medicines and quacks, hoaxes,
ghosts and witchcrafts, adventurers, etc.” —Godey’s
Lady’s Book and Magazine.
Beauties of Occult Science Investigated: or, the Celestial
Intelligencer: in Two Parts. Part the First containing a plain,
easy, and comprehensive introduction to astrology, with all the requisites
for obtaining a familiar and general knowledge of the science...Part the
Second containing the method of calculating, directing, and judging
nativities, both according to the Argolian System and the doctrine of
Ptolemy. By Thomas White. London: Anne Davis and J. S. Dickson, 1810.
Illustrated Self-Instructor in Phrenology and Physiology, with
one hundred engravings, and a chart of the character as given by O. S. and
L. N. Fowler, practical phrenologists. New York: Fowlers and Wells, 1855.
Study of the Human Face, illustrated by twenty-six full-page
steel engravings. By Thomas Woolnoth, Esq., Historical Engraver to the
Queen. London: William Tweedie, 1865. —An attempt at a popular introduction
to the science of physiognomy, with 26 typical traits, each illustrated by a
suitable engraved portrai