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Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

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with Dr. Lydia Kang

Tuesday, June 9, 6 p.m.

Zoom Meeting*

Quackery, or the promotion of a treatment or cure without a solid scientific basis, has been around for centuries but has become more prevalent with the recent pandemic. From a self-described “genius entrepreneur” with a “coronavirus prevention pill” who was arrested by the FBI (“You take this pill once a day and you cannot contract the virus”) to televangelist Jim Bakker promoting “Silver Solution,” a so-called cure for COVID-19 which his TV spot claims “totally eliminates it, kills it, deactivates it” (he was sued by the state of Missouri) and Clorox enemas, the purported “cures” for the Coronavirus often seem worse than the virus itself.
In this special program, author and physician Lydia Kang will discuss her historical findings and share what current medical practices may be deemed “quackery” in the future. The live presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
Dr. Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction and poetry. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.
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