Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Grand Lodge Virtual History Pub

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Grand Lodge Virtual History Pub

Grand Lodge - Grand Lodge Theater

Event goes live at 7 pm

Free

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About Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Presented by Nate Pedersen, Author

What won't we try in our quest for perfect health, beauty, and the fountain of youth?

Well, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass. And when strychnine-yes, that strychnine, the one used in rat poison-was dosed like Viagra.

Looking back with fascination, horror, and not a little dash of dark, knowing humor, this lecture recounts the lively, at times unbelievable, history of medical misfires and malpractices. Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, here are dozens of outlandish, morbidly hilarious "treatments"-conceived by doctors and scientists, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen (yes, they literally tried to sell snake oil)-that were predicated on a range of cluelessness, trial and error, and straight-up scams.

Copies of Nate's book, Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything are available here.

About the Speaker:
Nate Pedersen is a librarian, historian, and writer in Hillsboro, Oregon. He is the co-author of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, with Lydia Kang, published by Workman.

Nate is part of the leadership team at Hillsboro Public Library. He previously was a Community Librarian with Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon and served as a member-at-large, representing Central Oregon, on the Oregon Heritage Trees Commission. He is also Past President on the Board of Directors for the Deschutes County Historical Society & Museum. He lectures frequently on historical topics around the Pacific Northwest. Website

About Grand Lodge Virtual History Pub

Grand Lodge Virtual History Pub

McMenamins History is pleased to broadcast live, free virtual programming, accessible to anyone with a Facebook account. We’ll bring you scholars, writers, experiencers, experts and more who will give presentations on Pacific Northwest history. Join us for these scheduled events on the McMenamins History page on Facebook – and don’t forget to stock up on your favorite McMenamins beer, wine, cider and more beforehand!