quack medicine


quack medicine
A remedy of specific the composition of which is kept secret, and which is sold to be used by the purchaser without the advice of a regular or licensed physician. Kohler Mfg. Co. v Beeshore (CA3 Pa) 59 F 572, 574.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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