Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock

I loved this funny and informative book so much I read it in one sitting on a Sunday. This is the true story of Dr. John Brinkley – quack surgeon and his arch nemesis Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Throughout the twenties and even during the Great Depression, Dr. Brinkley earned millions by inserting goat ovaries in infertile women and goat testicles in impotent men. In a time of ten thousand watt radio stations he built a million watt station heard throughout the nation popularizing country western music (his “show” couldn’t be all advertisement – he needed the Carter family for content). He even ran for governor of Kansas and almost won!
The only critism I have is that, I feel my credibility is being strained a bit – Mr. Brock seems to be writing with the film rights in mind. Nevertheless, best book I’ve read in the past year.

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