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QUACKS
[ Also see Doctors Physicians Quackery ]

Heroes have gone out; quacks have come in; the reign of quacks has not ended with the nineteenth century. The sceptre is held with a firmer grasp; the empire has a wider boundary. We are all the slaves of quackery in one shape or another. Indeed, one portion of our being is always playing the successful quack to the other.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Quacks pretend to cure other men's disorders, but fail to find a remedy for their own.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

No class escapes them--from the poor man's pay
  The nostrum takes no trifling part away;
    Time, too, with cash is wasted; 'tis the fate
      Of real helpers, to be called too late;
        This find the sick, when (time and patience gone)
          Death with a tenfold terror hurries on.
      - George Crabbe

"To elevate and surprise" is the great art of quackery and puffing; to raise a lively and exaggerated image in the mind, and take it by surprise before it can recover breath.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

I have heard they are the most lewd impostors,
  Made of all terms and shreds, no less beliers
    Of great men's favours than their own vile medicines,
      Which they will utter upon monstrous oaths;
        Selling that drug for two pence ere they part,
          Which they have valued at twelve crowns before.
      - Ben Jonson

We do not think it necessary to prove that a quack medicine is poison; let the vender prove it to be sanative.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

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)

Treat persons who profess to be able to cure disease as you treat fortune tellers.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors,
        an essay, The Latest Theories

Take the humbug out of this world, and you haven't much left to do business with.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Nothing more strikingly betrays the credulity of mankind than medicine. Quackery is a thing universal, and universally successful. In this case it becomes literally true that no imposition is too great for the credulity of men.
      - Henry David Thoreau


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