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Quacks and quackery: Neglected knowledge or medical madness?

Today, much of the medicine of the past looks like quackery, yet at the time it was accepted by the best doctors of the day - and it seemed to work. Certain theories and practices have moved from quackery to orthodoxy to quackery again. Using images and objects from the Science Museum, this event asks: How do we spot a quack? Do the quacks of the past look like the quacks of the present? How has quackery influenced medicine in history? What it is - and what is not - medicine? How do we know what works and why? Presented by Dr Patrick Wallis, LSE and the Science Museum's medical team.


Quacks exist beyond the margins of orthodox medicine, peddling useless drugs to the credulous and foolish. At least that is what their enemies say. To others, quackery is just an accusation used by orthodox medicine to discredit alternative ideas.

Today, much of the medicine of the past looks like quackery, yet at the time it was accepted by the best doctors of the day - and it seemed to work. Certain theories and practices have moved from quackery to orthodoxy to quackery again. Using images and objects from the Science Museum, this event asks: How do we spot a quack? Do the quacks of the past look like the quacks of the present? How has quackery influenced medicine in history? What it is - and what is not - medicine? How do we know what works and why? Presented by Dr Patrick Wallis, LSE and the Science Museum's medical team.

This event is at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre - the UK’s only dedicated venue for adults to discuss contemporary and controversial science - and is part of a series of debates as well as interactive quiz nights with unseen objects from the Science Museum’s vast collection to explore complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).


Speaker(s):

Dr Patrick Wallace | talks

 

Date and Time:

9 March 2005 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Dana Centre
165 Queen's Gate
London
SW7 5HE
+44 20 79 42 40 40
http://www.danacentre.org.uk
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Organised by:

Science Museum
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Tickets:

FREE

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Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked on: 020 7942 4040 or tickets@danacentre.org.uk

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