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

Heartburn

See Acidity in Stomach. ...

Water In The Head

In cases where this trouble is suspected, very often there is ...

Quacks And Quackery

Quackery and the love of being quacked, are in human nat...

The Surgical Dissection Of The First Second Third And Fourth Layers Of The Inguinal Region In Connexion With Those Of The Thigh

The common integument or first layer of the inguino-femoral r...

Contraindications To Direct Laryngoscopy

There are no absolute contraindications to direct laryngosco...

Nerve Centres Failing

Many diseases flow from this cause, but at present we only con...

Unethical Illness

I see a lot of spiritually-induced physical illness in my pra...

Cold Settled

A cold is often easily overcome. At other times it "sits down,...

The Relative Position Of The Deeper Organs Of The Thorax And Those Of The Abdomen

The size or capacity of the thorax in relation to that of the...

Fruits And Vegetables

The Special Uses of Fruits and Vegetables. We come now to t...

Common Colds

Take the B D Faradaic current--moderate strength. If the affe...

Relaxation Of Treatment Towards The End Of The Third Period Continuation Of Packs During And After Desquamation

When the patient is through the first part of the period of ...

Electrical Classification Of Diseases

There are two, and only two, primary classes of disease--thos...

The Royal Touch

Malcolm. Well; more anon.--Comes the king forth, I pray ...

Diphtheria

Use the A D current, strong force. Place the N. P., long cord...

Ulceration Of The Esophagus

Superficial erosions of the esophagus are by no means an unco...

Phosphorus

Often caused by children sucking matches. There is a burning i...

Action Balance Of

An excellent guide to the proper treatment of any case is to b...

Edematous Tracheobronchitis

This is chiefly observed in children. The most frequently en...

Cornus Sericea

will often cure malignant ulcers both of the breast and uteru...



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 1026