America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

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The inspiration for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival documentary, NUTS!. “An extraordinary saga of the most dangerous quack of all time...entrancing” –USA Today

In 1917, John R. Brinkley–America’s most brazen con man–introduced an outlandish surgical method for restoring fading male virility.

It was all nonsense, but thousands of eager customers quickly made “Dr.” Brinkley one of America’s richest men–and a national celebrity. The great quack buster Morris Fishbein vowed to put the country’ s “most daring and dangerous” charlatan out of business, yet each effort seemed only to spur Brinkley to new heights of ingenuity, and the worlds of advertising, broadcasting, and politics soon proved to be equally fertile grounds for his potent brand of flimflam.

Culminating in a decisive courtroom confrontation, Charlatan is a marvelous portrait of a boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America ripe for the bamboozling.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of the little-known Dr. John Brinkley and his unquenchable thirst for fame and fortune and Morris Fishbein, a quackbuster extraordinaire who relentlessly pursued the greatest charlatan of the 1920s and 1930s.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2008
ISBN: 0307409651 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
9780307409652 (electronic bk. : Adobe Reader)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 615.856 BRO
Characteristics: 324 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Aug 27, 2016

An amazing "career" where the "Doctor" is never down -- he invents radio advertising and, when they take away his radio station, he builds the first super-station in Mexico and introduces America to the Carter family. But some guys will wince at the medical details.

Nov 17, 2010

When the medical quackery of inserting goat glands - mainly testicles - into the human body sweeps the nation, the fake Dr. Brinkley ends up making millions. But it isn't until he is brought to task for his deeds, which include murder, by the AMA's Morris Fishbein that his empire comes crashing down. This reads like sci-fi, but has far reaching consequences in our own time with other quack rememdies and surgeries.


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