AOF Activities & Events
Holes in heads, squirmy leeches and radioactive springs -- these are a few of our favorite things ways people try to flee illness or cheat death. Hopeless of course. Still let's explore the dark side of desperation, the hilarious, bizarre, at times even deadly mithridates peddled by hucksters and shady doctors in the name of medicine and a quick buck. It might be fun. (Yogurt enemas, anyone?)
The AOF Speaker Series beings you collector, hobbyist and quack-watcher Chris Holland. He will follow tear-stained trails into the blind cul-de-sacs of pseudoscience, of Ptolemaic spheres and philosopher’s stones. He specializes in archaic and absurd medical practices and turns his gimlet eye on contemporary charlatans. On display will be his collection of vintage medical quackery curios, like the electric shock cures for dropsy.
By the way, Snake Oil was actually a thing, did you know that?
The talk and Q&A will be about 90 minutes, followed by informal socializing and probably no intrusive treatments. Post-meeting, you may join the group at the Elephant Bar Restaurant (1500 Arden Way) for dinner. You pay for your own, you quacker.