Saturday, November 27, 2021


Mountebanks, Quacksalvers, Empiricks

Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, Part. 2, Sect. 1, Memb. IV, Subsect. I:
It is not therefore to be doubted, that if we seek a physician as we ought, we may be eased of our infirmities — such a one, I mean, as is sufficient, and worthily so called; for there be many mountebanks, quacksalvers, empiricks, in every street almost, and in every village, that take upon them this name, make this noble and profitable art to be evil spoken of and contemned, by reason of these base and illiterate artificers: but such a physician I speak of, as is approved, learned, skilful, honest...

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