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The Art of Quackery: the very worst cures for nearly everything


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Coffee from 10.30am, Meeting starts at 11am - Finish 12.30pm


Easterbrook Hall



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For every ache and pain, for every ailment known to man the quack has tried to sell his wares.  For centuries right up to the present day artists have depicted the snake oil salesman and the pseudo science on which his cures are based. Dr James Grant takes us on an amusing and fascinating journey amongst the sick, the not-so-sick and the gullible.  You can trust him—he’s a doctor.

Caution—this lecture is not a source of reliable medical advice!

James Grant is a retired country doctor with a lifetime of working in the NHS both in hospital and in rural practice.   He is passionate about all aspects of medicine, its history and its relationship to art and artists.


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Collection: Images from the History of Medicine (IHM)

Lecture is part of a series hosted by The Arts Society Dumfries to find our more visit their website:

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