The Harangues or Speeches of Quack-Doctors - international fame p.10

Here Dr Rands tells his audience of his international fame. He has, he claims, 'prevented the old woman at Exeter from running headlong into a wine-cellar', 'cured the French dancing-man, at Amsterdam, of the consumption in his pockets', and has treated 'captain Nonesuch...who had a cannon ball lodged in his little finger.'

About The Harangues or Speeches of Quack Doctors


This comical book pokes fun at quack doctors - those medical amateurs who earned their living by selling dubious remedies to the public. Published in 1762, the book contains a series of parodied speeches in which quack doctors offer all manner of magical cures: ointments that must be applied by 15 year old maids; powders to cure uncontrollable farting; 'wonder-working' pills to treat melancholy; and sticking plasters to heal the hearts of jealous husbands.


Taken from: The Harangues or Speeches of Several Celebrated Quack Doctors
Author / Creator: 'Various Hands'
Publisher: J Thomson
Date: 1762
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: 11770.b.1(4)