Colloquium: The History of Quackery

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Every 3rd Wednesday of the month

Manteca Library

320 W Center St · Manteca, CA

How to find us

Use the library entrance on Center Street.

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Holes in the head, radioactive springs, and squirming leeches are just a few of the ways people have attempted to cheat death.

In our September colloquium, we'll look at the sometimes hilarious, oftentimes bizarre, and at times deadly treatments that hucksters and doctors peddled in the name of medicine.

Our speaker, Chris Holland, is a collector and hobbyist of the strange and eclectic dead ends of science, from Ptolemaic spheres to philosopher’s stones. He specializes in archaic and absurd medical practices and puts a skeptical focus on contemporary charlatans.

🎟 About the Free Event

This is a free event, open to the public, at the Manteca Library. Those of all worldviews and faiths are welcome.

Doors open at 7:15 PM and our featured talk starts shortly after. We expect most Colloquiums to last until about 8:15 PM followed by mingling and cleanup.

Coffee, water, and pastries are provided. Parking is free. Suggested donations of $10 to support this and future colloquiums are appreciated.

🍜 Dinner Before

For those interested in joining us for dinner, head to the GK Mongolian BBQ (1039 S Main St) prior to the event.

People typically arrive around 6:00 and leave at 6:50 to start setting up at the Manteca Library.