Quacks and Con Artists

The Dubious History of Doctors

From the Series The Sickening History of Medicine

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

People have always needed doctors. But the doctors of the past might not look like the doctors you are used to seeing! Sometimes their healing methods were weird, disgusting, or even dangerous. Doctors in the Middle Ages sniffed patients’ urine to diagnose disease, and barbers might cut off a person’s injured arm or leg. The ancient Chinese fought smallpox by blowing powdered pus up the nose. Many of these old remedies turned out to be dangerous, but others paved the way for modern blood transfusions, vaccines, and anesthetics. If you’re not too squeamish, read this book to learn more about the history of doctors!

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Hungry Tomato ®
Imprint Hungry Tomato ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 7.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF024020, JNF025000
Dewey 610.69/5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 970
Guided Reading Level X
Features Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents


School Library Journal

“Reluctant readers, history enthusiasts, and trivia buffs are but a few of the kids who will enjoy the content in these repulsive reads.”—School Library Journal

Author: John Farndon

John Farndon is a Royal Literary Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, and the author of a huge number of books for adults and children on science, history, technology and nature, including such international best-sellers as Do Not Open and Do You Think You're Clever?

Illustrator: Venitia Dean

Venitia Dean is a freelance illustrator who grew up in Brighton, UK. She has always loved drawing, ever since she could hold a pencil! As a teenager, she discovered a passion for figurative illustration, and then when she turned nineteen she was given a digital drawing tablet for her birthday and started transferring her work to the computer. She hasn't looked back since! As well as illustration, Venitia loves reading graphic novels and walking her dog, Peanut.