America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

Book - 2008
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Charlatan is a remarkably rich historical narrative that tells the forgotten story of Americas most ingenious con man and one mans decades-long battle to bring him to justice. 8-page b&w photo insert.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307339881
Branch Call Number: 615.856 BRINKLEY
Characteristics: 324 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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"Tells the story of the little-known Dr. John Brinkley and his unquenchable thirst for fame and fortune and Morris Fishbein, a quackbuster extraordinaire who relentlessly pursued the greatest charlatan of the 1920s and 1930s." --Novelist

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Aug 27, 2016

An amazing "career" where the "Doctor" is never down -- he invents radio advertising and, when they take away his radio station, he builds the first super-station in Mexico and introduces America to the Carter family. But some guys will wince at the medical details.

Nov 17, 2010

When the medical quackery of inserting goat glands - mainly testicles - into the human body sweeps the nation, the fake Dr. Brinkley ends up making millions. But it isn't until he is brought to task for his deeds, which include murder, by the AMA's Morris Fishbein that his empire comes crashing down. This reads like sci-fi, but has far reaching consequences in our own time with other quack rememdies and surgeries.


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