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Despite rampant scientific innovation in nineteenth-century America, traditional medicine still adhered to ancient healing methods, subjecting patients to bleeding, blistering, and induced vomiting and sweating. Facing such horrors, many patients ran with open arms to burgeoning practices that promised new ways to cure their ills, including hydropathy, mesmerism, phrenology, and various potions and herbal remedies. Bizarre as these methods may seem, many are the precursors of today's notions of healthy living. Moreover, these entrepreneurial alternative healers paved the way for women in medicine. Janik tells the colorful stories of these "quacks," whose oftentimes genuine wish to heal helped shape and influence modern medicine.