Made-up Medicine: The Quack Doctors Quiz
by Staff
Illness can bring out the gullible side of a person, allowing swindlers and fraudsters to take advantage. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of quack doctors past and present!

What does Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski promise to cure using antineoplastons?

  • AIDS
  • cancer
  • acne

How many randomized scientific trials support the use of antineoplastons to cure cancer?

  • zero
  • a dozen
  • hundreds

How many times did Kevin Trudeau run infomercials advertising his weight loss books after the FDA told him not to?

  • once
  • twice
  • 32,000 times

What makes the sky blue, according to Dr. Wilhelm Reich?

  • orgone
  • ozone
  • oranges

What does the FDA say about orgone?

  • It doesn't exist.
  • It shows promise.
  • It's a miracle cure.

What did "Dr." John Brinkley insert into scrotums to increase virility?

  • gold
  • goat glands
  • extra blood

What body part did Dr. Bernard Jensen study to diagnosis illness?

  • nostril
  • eye
  • fingerprints

True or false: A comprehensive scientific literature review in 2000 found no proven benefit to iridology.

  • true
  • false

What was the main ingredient in the magic elixir "Hamlin's Wizard Oil"?

  • heroin
  • snakes
  • alcohol

What product got Dr. Oz scolded by a Senate subcommittee in 2011?

  • weight loss pills
  • AIDS cure
  • cancer cure

What did South African dietician Johanna Brandt promise could cure cancer?

  • corn
  • grapes
  • milk

What does the American Cancer Society have to say about the Grape Cure?

  • It's a miracle.
  • It shows promise.
  • It has no therapeutic value.

What did Dinshah P. Ghadiali use to cure disease during the 1920s?

  • scientifically supported medicines
  • bloodsucking insects
  • colored lights

What was a Revigator designed to do?

  • remove lead from water
  • make water radioactive
  • sanitize water

What killed George Washington?

  • cancer
  • pneumonia
  • bloodletting

What was physician Franz Joseph Gall known for at the start of the 19th century?

  • acupuncture
  • phrenology
  • cryptozoology

What do phrenologists study?

  • bumps on head
  • eye color
  • fingerprints

What device did Dr. Albert Abrams invent at the start of the 20th century?

  • iron lung
  • X-ray machine
  • Dynamizer

What was the main ingredient in the miracle cancer paste invented by Harry Hoxsey in 1936?

  • arsenic
  • lead
  • mercury

What did Dr. Andrew Wakefield claim was linked to autism?

  • eating meat
  • vaccines
  • sunlight

True or false: Wakefield's fraudulent study had little effect on vaccination rates.

  • true
  • false

True or false: India has more fake doctors than real ones.

  • true
  • false

What was the first medical patent in the United States granted for?

  • useless metal sticks
  • X-ray machine
  • polio vaccine

Why was Dr. Malachi Love-Robinson arrested in Florida in 2016?

  • sexual harassment
  • not filing taxes
  • not being a real doctor

What device earned the controversial Dr. Joseph Mercola an FDA warning in 2011?

  • diet pill
  • thermal camera
  • cancer cure

How many hits does Mercola's website get each month?

  • 19,000
  • 190,000
  • 1.9 million

What is Gerson therapy designed to treat?

  • polio
  • cancer
  • blindness

True or false: Gerson therapy can actually be dangerous, according to the American Cancer Society.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Dr. John Harvey Kellogg invented corn flakes to reduce sexual urges.

  • true
  • false

Where did Kellogg believe that most health problems originated?

  • bowels
  • feet
  • heart