Medical Meddlers, Mediums & Magicians
Medical Meddlers, Mediums and Magicians
By Dr. Keith
Souter. Published 2012 by The History Press
Don't be deceived
by the title, it is definitely an authoritative book. Well researched and equally well written. I recommend this
for anybody planning a career in the profession of medicine. It is an introduction to life, professions and common
Life being that
it is not always what one perceives to be. Professions are often only as deep as the word used or the paper it is
printed on. Common sense, being you must trust your heart, it will often lead you in the right
We look to day
with the aid of this book upon medicine and similar professions and how they were practised not even so long ago.
As one reads you will recall instantly the wandering carpetbaggers in America that heralded their tonics as a cure
all. Often sold off the back of a wagon in preparation to leave town as soon as sundown.
outlined in this book are a bit more sophisticated in their approach and pitch, but end results not dissimilar. One
can see that human nature fed on desperate souls, sometimes curing with luck other times blinding with science. The
establishment of professional associations culled the hucksters and refined the scam. We look back to days were
medical practise was mostly operated by the criminally insane.
I often feel that
today's medicine isn't to far from those days gone. The average doctor is more concerned with procedure rather than
the cure. Precious little advice is given, just more pills. To think we have advanced mightily is an illusion.
Hospitals today are made to die in. Cures are dispensed by doctors who know little and believe in the con of the
pharmaceutical industry. Only till recently did we slave to this paradigm. The cons of 50/100 years ago is just
today more refined. We slaved and paid because we too, fell into the trap of white suits and fancy
This book will
provide you with real life examples of doubtful cures f the past, helping you decide what is real in the present.
The Victorian thirst for knowledge so well evident between the lines is actually still ingrained in the medical
profession. Today there are real cures, yet to the most dreaded diseases we still are grasping for straws, which
inevitably leads us to want to believe.
Like the desire
to fly, human want to communicate with the dead. Man advocate the ability, but even now, as then, it turns into
expensive quackery. Although common sense is our best guide, this book will be a good guide as to what to watch out
for. The book will be a great delight for historians no doubt.
James van Etten, Editor,