Definitions for quackeryˈkwæk ə ri
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
quack•er•yˈkwæk ə ri(n.)(pl.)-er•ies.
the practice or methods of a quack.
an instance of this.
Origin of quackery:
medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
the dishonesty of a charlatan
The practice of fraudulent medicine, usually in order to make money or for ego gratification and power; health fraud.
An instance of practicing fraudulent medicine.
the acts, arts, or boastful pretensions of a quack; false pretensions to any art; empiricism
Quackery is the promotion of unproven or fraudulent medical practices. Random House Dictionary describes a "quack" as a "fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill" or "a person who pretends, professionally or publicly, to have skill, knowledge, or qualifications he or she does not possess; a charlatan". The word "quack" derives from the archaic word "quacksalver", of Dutch origin, literally meaning "hawker of salve". In the Middle Ages the word quack meant "shouting". The quacksalvers sold their wares on the market shouting in a loud voice. "Health fraud" is often used as a synonym for quackery, but quackery's salient characteristic is aggressive promotion rather than fraud, greed or misinformation. "Pseudo-medicine" is a term for treatments known to be ineffective, regardless of whether their advocates themselves believe in their effectiveness.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The fraudulent misrepresentation of the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
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