REMEDIES AND RACKETS by James Cook

REMEDIES AND RACKETS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Based on a series of articles which originally appeared in the New York Post, and drawn from official sources (The FTC and Food & Drug Administration records) this is an aggressive airing of the billion dollar a year traffic in patent medicines- some harmful, some ineffectual. Tired Blood- anyone?; the rival claims between aspirin and bufferin- a real headache; arthritis, a ""dandy market"" for almost any promise of relief in sight; vitamins-- even your Fuller Brush man sells them; tonics, with Lydia Pinkham still keeping her entrenched hold on women with female complaints; cold cures, reducing pills, laxatives (and the legend they predicate and promote); cosmetics and rejuvenators; cancer- and the coal miner Hoxsey's by no means cheap cure; and finally drug prices- varying from outlet to outlet and inflated by unethical business procedures- this is all part of a galling expose of our gullibility and its fraudulent exploitation. Supported by an impressive arsenal of facts and figures- it should be therapeutic.

Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 1958
Publisher: Norton