Synopses & Reviews
The rise and fall of the greatest medical con man of all time.
This is the enormously entertaining story of how a fraudulent surgeon made a fortune by inserting goats' testes into impotent American men. "Doctor" John Brinkley became a world renowned authority on sexual rejuvenation in the 1920s, with famous politicians and even royalty asking for his services. His nemesis was Dr. Morris Fishbein, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, but it took him fifteen years to destroy Brinkley in a dramatic courtroom showdown. In the meantime, despite mounting evidence that his quack treatments killed many patients, Brinkley became a millionaire, and his pioneering use of radio not only kick-started country music as a national force in America but also invented the whole concept of radio advertising. He became the first politician to campaign over the airwaves when he ran for governor of Kansas.
"Brock is a fresh, sharp writer, lingering lovingly over the evocative language of fakery." ---Chicago Sun-Times
Witness the rise and fall of the greatest medical con man of all time in this enormously entertaining story of how a fraudulent surgeon made a fortune by inserting goats' testes into impotent American men.
About the Author
Pope Brock is the author of Indiana Gothic, the story of the murder of his great-grandfather. A former staff writer at GQ, Pope has written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Life, Talk, and the Sunday Times. He lives in upstate New York. Johnny Heller has won two prestigious Audie Awards and has earned numerous Audie nominations. He has been praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy, and children's book narrations. Named a Best Voice of 2008 and 2009, as well as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine, Johnny has earned almost twenty Golden Earphones Awards. Two of Johnny's audiobooks have been picked by AudioFile as Best Audiobook the Year, and he has won two Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards.