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A lively exhibition tracing the history of the colorful purveyors of patent and quack medicines over the past four centuries, "Quack, Quack, Quack: The Sellers of Nostrums in Prints, Posters, Ephemera & Books" contains 75 works ranging from humorous caricatures of itinerant quacks, flamboyant advertising posters, and promotional pamphlets for rival panaceas (each supported by extravagant claims of efficacy), to prints that document the first governmental attempts to curtail the more flagrant abuses.
Laqueur explores these paradoxes in great depth, but I am not sure that he has elucidated the precise ways in which masturbation (rather than something obviously harmful, like stock market manias, quack medicines, cruelty to children, adulterating food, or the ongoing loss of traditional common rights, such as those identified by E.
Since The People revealed I have the disease, I've read and rejected a dozen quack medicines and treatments.