Quacks and Cures: A New Improved Remedy!

A quack doctor, John Doyle. Wellcome Images

A quack doctor, John Doyle. Wellcome Images

A FREE EVENT curated by ALEX JULYAN at WELLCOME COLLECTION, LONDON

AN EVENING OF EFFICACIOUS, MEDICINAL REMEDIES.

AT NO EXPENSE TO YOURSELVES WITNESS THE DEMONSTRATION OF CURES FOR ALL AGUES. MORE ESPECIALLY BY MEANS OF EXCELLENT, NECESSARY AND USEFUL ADVICE FROM EXPERTS OF ALL KINDS.

THIS EVENT GIVES INSTANT RELIEF. ASK FOR NO OTHER!

QUACKS AND CURES: A NEW IMPROVED FORMULA

FRIDAY 4 JUNE 19.00-23.00

At no expense to yourselves we invite you to MEET THE DOCTORS in an entertaining and enlightening mix of opinions and approaches. From QUACKERY to comedy, self-diagnosis to SCIENCE, witness through demonstration and discussion CURES FOR ALL AGUES. Dispense with suffering as you attest to the benefits of RESTORATIVE treatments and discover your own powers of RECOVERY by means of excellent, necessary and useful advice from EXPERTS of all kinds.

Back by popular demand this event is living proof that the public take their health very seriously, even if at times the performers do not. The huge success of last year’s event will have some tried and tested remedies and groundbreaking new treatments. This unique evening of diagnosis and cure offers four floors of entertaining and informative medical enlightenment. Dr Gripenerve our resident Quack Doctor will again be on hand to offer advice to cure all agues, aided by the Quack band and irked by herbal vendors. He may recommend bloodletting, but our live leeches have returned to cure you of your curiosity if not your fainting fits.

For more helpful advice (and a charming nurse) you can visit the doctors’ surgery and meet the 18th-century, Edwardian and contemporary physicians. Last years popular recommendations included holding a warm puppy to the  stomach to cure an ache, or a placing a leech up each nostril to alleviate the symptoms of hay fever (make sure you hold onto their tails!). If these remedies don’t appeal, but a good dose of nostalgia does, Government Public Information Films provide the voice of reason, or perhaps you’d like to contribute your own remedy handed down through the generations – we have a great collection from last year, some of which might work.

Not forgetting the primary organ there will be some mentally stimulating additions including a herbalist who’s all at sea with cures used in battle, or an historical journey through the therapeutic Spas and Wells of London. Does any of this work?  An expert panel will be examining the evidence and will no doubt disagree in the timeworn manner.

We won’t let you leave without a guaranteed cure! Medicine Jack and Dr Rhubarb will once again treat your nerves with soothing Quack songs from the Wellcome Library and encourage your recovery with a rousing chorus or two as you find your own particular restorative at the bar.

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