8/2/13

Charlatans and Quacks


"THE argument used by professional men of science that what they call quack remedies are superstitions is really an argument in a circle. It amounts to this, that the herbs used by an old woman are untrustworthy because she is superstitious; and she is superstitious because she believes in such herbs. Her method is bad because she is stupid; but the main proof of her stupidity is that she pursues her own method."

~G.K. Chesterton: Illustrated London News, Feb. 15, 1908.

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