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Old Medicine Shows

In the nineteenth century, many people believed humanity had actually conquered the world through science. Technological advances were on a roll, and factories were popping up everywhere. It seemed like the golden age for inventions and new patents of every type. Some people got rich. As a result of the seeming invincibility of science, medicine shows were everywhere. In each small town, a well-dressed man with a wagon full of cure-alls would show up. He had the gift of tongue: he entertained, sometimes performed some magic trick, he spoke in a familial way, he could enthrall with stories, he could persuade. Sometimes the con could go even further - he'd have an assistant, someone whose job it was to show...

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