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In a work called "The Quacks of Old London" by C. J. S. Thompson (better known as the author of "The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy") is an admirable account of the irregular practitioners of medicine in London in olden times.
From having been from its beginning president of the Canadian Council for Combating Venereal Disease, my attention was particularly directed to the treatment of syphilis, that plague which began to spread over Europe in the last decade of the fifteenth century with dire results, and I thought it not without interest to extract some of the information as to those who outside of the medical profession treated that disease. Until the legislation in the time of Henry VIII, in 1511, and the granting of a charter to the College of Physicians, seven years later, there were no regulations in respect to practitioners of medicine in England,
RIDDELL WR. SOME QUACKS IN OLD LONDON AND THE MORBUS GALLICUS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;32(4):556–559. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01470040013003
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