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QUACKERY
[ Also see Cure Deceit Disease Dishonesty Doctors Falsehood Fraud Hypocrisy Integrity Medicine Physicians Pretension Quacks Sophistry ]

From powerful causes spring the empiric's gains,
  Man's love of life, his weakness, and his pains;
    These first induce him the vile trash to try,
      Then lend his name, that other men may buy.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough
         (letter VII, l. 124)

Void of all honor, avaricious, rash,
  The daring tribe compound their boasted trash--
    Tincture of syrup, lotion, drop, or pill;
      All tempt the sick to trust the lying bill.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough
         (letter VII, l. 75)

Out, you impostors!
  Quack salving, cheating mountebanks! your skill
    Is to make sound men sick, and sick men kill.
      - Philip Massinger, Virgin-Martyr
         (act IV, sc. 1)

I bought an unction of a mountebank,
  So mortal that, but dip a knife in it,
    Where it draws blood so cataplasm so rare,
      Collected from all simples that have virtue
        Under the moon, can save the thing from death
          That is but scratched withal. I'll touch my point
            With this contagion, that, if I gall him slightly,
              It may be death.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Laertes at IV, vii)


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