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Impostures in Early Modern EnglandRepresentations and Perceptions of Fraudulent Identities$
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Tobias B. Hug

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079849

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079849.001.0001

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Quacks – all notorious medical impostors?

Quacks – all notorious medical impostors?

(p.48) Chapter 3 Quacks – all notorious medical impostors?
Impostures in Early Modern England

Tobias B. Hug

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on medical impostors and quacks in early modern England. It explains that quack is the term used to describe someone claiming medical skills or university degrees to gain the status of a licensed physician, and that it could also refer to someone using techniques and forms of knowledge which were disapproved of as superstitious. The chapter describes the performative strategies of so-called quacks that enabled them to become consultants to people of all social strata, and argues that medical imposture displays conflicts which arose over professionalisation and institutionalisation, either between regular and irregular doctors, or among the latter.

Keywords:   medical impostors, England, quacks, performative strategies, social strata, doctors, professionalisation, institutionalisation

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