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QUACKERY

The word Quack is supposedly derived from quacksalver, a variant spelling of "quicksilver".

Modern quackery has several other names.

Quacks themselves use other terms.

Quackery may reasonably by defined as the making of health claims without an honest effort to validate them by the usual methods of science.

Quacks are easy to recognize.

The technique of quackery is usually the same regardless of the system.

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HOW DO WE AS PHYSICIANS RESPOND TO QUACKERY?

First, we must understand quackery.

Second, we must be able to answer our patients' questions, and those of the general public.

Third, we must use the quack's main technique....

-- Edward R. Friedlander, M.D.

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