VIEW THE MOBILE VERSION of www.homemedicine.ca Informational Site Network Informational
Privacy


Home


Medical Articles


Mother's Remedies


Household Tips


Medicine History


Forgotten Remedies


Search

Medical Articles

Frictions With Lard

were used already by Caelius Aurelianus, and recently re-intr...

Night Pains

If these are of the nature of cramps, which come on while lyin...

Papillomata Of The Larynx In Children

Of all benign growths in the larynx papilloma is the most fre...

White Leg

When a limb becomes swelled and white, pouring hot water very ...

Endocarditis A Secondary Affection

Mild endocarditis is rarely a primary affection, and is almos...

Prognosis

A foreign body lodged in the esophagus may prove quickly fat...

Treatment Of Acute And Subacute Inflammation And Ulceration Of The Esophagus

Bismuth subnitrate in doses of about one gramme, given dry o...

Children's Limbs

Frequently a failure of some kind shows itself in the limbs of...

Head Massaging The

This is so important in many cases of neuralgia, headache, and...

Anesthesia In Heart Disease

While no physician likes to give an anesthetic to a patient w...

First Stage

The spatular end of the laryngoscope is introduced in the ri...

The Relative Position Of The Cranial Nasal Oral And Pharyngeal Cavities

On making a section (vertically through the median line) of t...

Throat Hoarseness

This is best treated by a good large BRAN POULTICE (see) on th...

Unfavorable Symptoms

are: A fetid breath, with ulceration and sloughing of the thr...

Technicalities Of The Pack And Bath

Let me give you its technicalities, and the rationale of its ...

Pathologic Physiology

The development of permanent injury to one or more valves o...

Sprains Or Racks

A sprain is usually the result of some involuntary stress comi...

Importance Of Noting The Central Point

From the above observations, it will be plain that, when we w...

To Prevent Bilious Fever Or Ague

Take _Podophyllin_, _Baptisia_ and _Gelseminum_ 1st in rotati...

Laxatives

If the bowels are known to be in excellent condition and not ...



Balsamo






Source: Primitive Psycho-therapy And Quackery

One of the most notorious charlatans of the eighteenth century was
Giuseppe Balsamo, who was born at Palermo, Sicily, June 2, 1743. Though
of humble origin, this arch-impostor assumed the title of Count
Alessandro di Cagliostro, and styled himself Grand Cophta, Prophet and
Thaumaturge. He married Lorenza Feliciani, the daughter of a
girdle-maker of Rome. Balsamo professed alchemy and free-masonry,
practised medicine and sorcery, and raised money by various methods of
imposture. He rode about in his own coach, attended by a numerous
retinue in rich liveries. His attire consisted of an iron-gray coat, a
scarlet waistcoat trimmed with gold lace, and red breeches. His jaunty
hat was adorned with a white feather, and handsome rings encircled his
fingers. He carried a sword after the fashion of the times, and his
shoe-buckles shone like flashing jewels.

Balsamo was a man of great energy; gifted with persuasive eloquence
which seemed to exercise a charm over his hearers. Having rare natural
abilities, he enriched his mind by diligent studies and observations of
human nature, during his tours abroad. But in spite of these advantages
he failed to rise above the sphere of an unscrupulous charlatan.

In 1780 he settled in Strasburg, where he established a reputation by
some marvellous cures. Here was the culmination of his fame and fortune.
Five years later he came to Paris, where he became implicated in the
notorious affair of the "Diamond Necklace," and was imprisoned in the
Bastille for some months. His death occurred at the fortress of Saint
Leon, Rome, in 1795. A sublimer rascal never breathed, wrote W.
Russell, LL.D., in "Eccentric Personages." Balsamo had unlimited faith
in the gullibility of mankind, and was amply endowed with the gifts
which enable their possessor to shear the simpletons of society.





Next: Greatrakes

Previous: Cardan



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 839