Caroline Rance – The Golden Age of Quackery

Electric Corsets[5488]

The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw a proliferation of advertised medicines and health devices – some harmless, some strange and some downright fraudulent.

From arsenic wafers to electric corsets, and from morphine-laced teething syrups to life-enhancing ‘Z-Rays’, Caroline Rance of explores how patent medicine vendors attracted customers, and how medical campaigners of the day attempted to put a stop to their lucrative activities.

When & Where is the talk?

3 – 4pm, Sunday 4th November 2018, in the Balcony Bar, Corn Exchange, Market Square, Newbury.

The event is free and unticketed.


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