quackery

Quackery is when someone pretends to have experience or knowledge, especially in the field of medicine. It's quackery when someone poses as a doctor.

If a person fakes being a medical doctor, that's quackery. You can also call it quackery when a company sells an herb or supplement or diet aid that doesn't actually do anything. Some doctors feel that any alternative medicine is nothing but quackery, while others believe that some of these things — like meditation or acupuncture — really work for patients. Quackery is from the 1690's, from a Dutch root word, quacksalver, "hawker of salve."

Definitions of quackery
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n medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings

Synonyms:
empiricism
Type of:
medical practice
the practice of medicine

n the dishonesty of a charlatan

Synonyms:
charlatanism
Type of:
dishonesty, knavery
lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing

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