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quackery

kwa kuh ree

  • n  medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
  • n  the dishonesty of a charlatan

  • In an unprecedented attack on cancer quackery, a Los Angeles judge last week imposed the maximum sentence for second-degree murder on a practitioner who took a fat fee on the false .
  • Through newsletters, books and now the World Wide Web, he has become one of America's premier debunkers of what he likes to call quackery.
  • For centuries, Western science has dismissed Asia's traditional herbal remedies as quackery.
Quotes

  • St Jerome in Rutland Herald
    But Jerome Shedd of Ripton said such treatments were "for the most part quackery," and the Legislature should based its decisions on peer-reviewed scientific studies.
  • Martin Gardner in Nature.com (blog)
    The Washington Post notes that, as well as his maths puzzles, Gardner wrote over 70 books, with much of his work "discrediting scientific fraud and quackery".
  • Charles Dickens in guardian.co.uk
    ...then the meeting was decidedly a media event: the Times carried no fewer than nine news items and two editorials and Dickens told his friend Forster that "the quackery is of an extra strength this year."

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