Charlatan: America's most dangerous huckster, the man who pursued him, and the age of flimflam

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The rise and fall of the greatest medical con man of all time.This is the enormously entertaining story of how a fraudulent surgeon made a fortune by inserting goats' testes into impotent American men. "Doctor" John Brinkley became a world renowned authority on sexual rejuvenation in the 1920s, with famous politicians and even royalty asking for his services. His nemesis was Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, but it took him fifteen years to destroy Brinkley in a dramatic courtroom showdown. In the meantime, despite mounting evidence that his quack treatments killed many patients, Brinkley became a millionaire, and his pioneering use of radio not only kick-started country music as a national force in America but also invented the whole concept of radio advertising. He became the first politician to campaign over the airwaves when he ran for governor of Kansas.
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display_descriptionThe inspiration for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival documentary, NUTS!. "An extraordinary saga of the most dangerous quack of all time...entrancing" –USA Today
In 1917, John R. Brinkley–America's most brazen con man–introduced an outlandish surgical method for restoring fading male virility.
It was all nonsense, but thousands of eager customers quickly made "Dr." Brinkley one of America's richest men–and a national celebrity. The great quack buster Morris Fishbein vowed to put the country' s "most daring and dangerous" charlatan out of business, yet each effort seemed only to spur Brinkley to new heights of ingenuity, and the worlds of advertising, broadcasting, and politics soon proved to be equally fertile grounds for his potent brand of flimflam.
Culminating in a decisive courtroom confrontation, Charlatan is a marvelous portrait of a boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America ripe for the bamboozling.
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subject_facetBrinkley, John Richard, -- 1885-1942
Physicians -- Kansas -- Biography
Quacks and quackery -- United States -- History
title_displayCharlatan : America's most dangerous huckster, the man who pursued him, and the age of flimflam
title_fullCharlatan : America's most dangerous huckster, the man who pursued him, and the age of flimflam / Pope Brock
Charlatan America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
title_shortCharlatan
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